Recently my son, Carter, and I were having a discussion about having nice things, how to take care of those items and thanking God for allowing us to having them. Then he asked me a question that I wasn’t quite sure how to answer for a 7 year old. “Mom, why do people who don’t believe in God have a lot of money and can get any toy they want?” I asked what he meant, he said- “Mom, I’ve asked (friends name) to come to church with me but he said his family doesn’t believe in God.” “If he doesn’t believe why does he have all these cool toys, 4-wheelers and a big house?” After minutes of silence as he looked out the window this is what I came up with:
Son, the things of this world are temporary, but the things of heaven are eternal. Nothing is forever, and everything you do have will not only be taken away from you when you die, but can also vanish in the blink of an eye while you’re still here on earth. Nothing is promised and nothing is forever.
Living the “high life” and getting the American dream may seem fun, exciting, and something to desire, but we need to remember how the devil works. Satan will tempt you into hell with all the glitter and glam that Hollywood can buy. He will deceive you into thinking your life is “perfect” or will be “perfect” if you had a little more money, you were a little more popular, or you had the latest and greatest things.
However, in reality you will find that nothing this world has to offer will fill that empty hole in your heart, and your life will be far from perfect. Something huge will be missing, and even with money, fame, and glamour you’ll still feel empty. The temporary “highs” this world has to offer us, are in no way worth the everlasting “lows” that they bring!
One day the money, the possessions, the popularity, and the pleasures of this world, will all fade away.
The only thing we can take with us into eternity is our soul, so we need to set our minds on things above, not what will be destroyed here on earth below. (Col. 3:2)
In Matthew 16:26 it reads “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”
Now I leave you with this song by Toby Mac- “Lose My Soul”