November 12, 2019
Most of the people in the world would answer this in one way without hesitation. They would name the small piece of real estate upon which they live on this earth. And many would measure their lives by the value of the material things they have been able to gain and possess in this life. Their “net worth."
But for those who know Christ, there is a very different answer. It is an answer that changes everything in this life and the life to come.
True believers live in two worlds. Wise believers have increasingly released their hold on this world knowing that the next is far more valuable. They see themselves as "strangers and exiles on the earth.”
They do not mind losing something of their earthly property for the sake of Christ. "For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one.” (Hebrews 10:34). This is why GIVING is not a problem for those who see the world properly. They remember that Jesus said we are not to lay up treasures here, but through our giving lay up treasures in heaven.
They are looking to the better country, seeking it, desiring it. And God is cooperating with them in their desire. He owns them as His children and is preparing an unbelievable place for them that is untouched by time, unstained by sin, and unhindered by decay. An inheritance that "imperishable, undefiled, and will not fade away" as Peter said.
Who is wiser? Those who seek and hold tightly to this world, or those who hold loosely the things of this life knowing that something far better is coming?
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