Daily Devotional: October 3

Temporary Things

Have you noticed how busy the world is? People spend their days trying to get all they can from this life. People seldom consider their real life—the one that comes after you die. The world lives as though this is all there is and, when it is all over, there is nothing more.

Let Me tell you the truth. This life is only temporary, and it was never meant to last. You live in a fallen world that is filled with evil and violence. Sin has ruined the world, and I am going to end it all very soon.

Even if you gain all the world has to offer, it won’t last beyond the grave. Everything you seek to gain, hold on to, and worry about will all be left behind. Only what you have in Me and My relationship with you will last into eternity.

All of the things you are worried about now are passing away. Every difficulty, loss and cross you must bear, is only temporary. I have a life planned for you that is beyond your wildest dreams.

You will live in a place where there is no evil, sickness, suffering, or death. No one you love will die. You will live with those you treasure, forever; and nothing will take away your joy.

Don’t love this world because it is not going to love you back. Don’t count on people meeting your needs for love, friendship, and fulfillment. Everything in this present world will let you down and, someday, cease to exist. You were made for a better world that is as close as a whisper. Someday soon I will call you home, and you will understand just how fleeting and empty this world is.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. ~1 John 2:15-17

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 7:31 (NLT)

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. ~Colossians 3:1-3 (NLT)

Dear brothers, you are only visitors here. Since your real home is in heaven, I beg you to keep away from the evil pleasures of this world; they are not for you, for they fight against your very souls. ~1 Peter 2:11 (TLB)

Turn my eyes from temporary things, and give me life through your word. ~Psalms 119:37 (RCR)

We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. ~Psalms 39:6-7 (NLT)

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. ~Isaiah 40:8 (NIV)

Jesus, help me to keep my eyes on You—to remember that this life is not all there is, that the things of this world are passing away, and all we can see will soon be gone.

I want my life to matter. I want an eternal existence that is filled with all the good things You died to give me.

Help me, Lord, to not be captured by the deceitfulness of riches. I would rather have just enough here, and wealth in heaven, than have it all here and miss the infinite joys You planned for me in eternity.

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