Daily Devotional: September 23

Temporary versus Eternal

You and I have spent time together in David’s 119th Psalm. It was early when the king of Israel learned the value of My word. He understood that everything in this world is passing away and that your life is merely a vapor, which is here for a moment and then it’s gone.

Paul had a vast knowledge of My word. The more he learned, the more he realized that he didn’t know. The things he once counted as valuable later became worthless in comparison to knowing Me.

A knowledge and perspective of the true life, that is now yours, in heaven will put everything here on earth in its correct place.

When you arrive at your home on that first day, you will realize that only those things you did with Me, and for Me, were of eternal value. All the striving, achieving, and works of progress will be worthless if done apart from Me.

What you do for Me has infinite value. What you do for yourself and to achieve success in this world is temporary. If you spend your life on Me and to make Me known, at the end you will have a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that is unequalled by any works done in this present world.

Work hard. Do the best you can in this life. Keep a proper perspective in everything, and always remember that wherever you store up treasure, there your heart will be. Do you want to save precious things here on earth that will be left behind, or build eternal treasures that you will enjoy forever?

I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him.  ~Philippians 3:7-9 (NLT)

But let me say this, dear brothers and sisters: The time that remains is very short. So from now on, those with wives should not focus only on their marriage. Those who weep or who rejoice or who buy things should not be absorbed by their weeping or their joy or their possessions. Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.  ~1 Corinthians 7:29-31 (NLT)

Teach me in all of my days, Lord, to value You and what You have said, above all other things. Allow me to see my life and what I do as merely instruments in Your hands to achieve the purposes You have for this world.

I am Your servant, Jesus. You bought and paid for my life with Your precious blood. I would be nothing, have nothing, if not for Your grace in my life.

Take the little that I have and all my weaknesses and inadequacies, and make them into a vessel of honor that You can use to accomplish great things.

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