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What Really Matters


Last night I was watching TV before I went to sleep. I think that I was just about ready to doze off when I saw an image of a space shuttle rocketing towards outer space. At first I remembered the day that the space shuttle exploded. I thought about the astronauts that were aboard the shuttle. I thought of their final moment before they passed from this life to the next. And I hoped that they all were able to meet Jesus face to face….

I also thought about the mission of those aboard a shuttle. They go into outer space to find out more about the “heavens and the earth”. Things that we who are confined to the earth couldn’t possibly find out. I thought about what it would be like to be in the shuttle as it zooms through space. I imagined looking out of the window of the shuttle and being in complete awe and amazement. And then I wondered to myself, how can anyone see something as splendid as the stars and the moon and all the planets up close and personal like that and not believe that there is a God who created them? How could anyone believe that these things just “happened”? Psalm 19:1-4 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the end of the world.”

Then I realized that I like the astronauts have a “heavenly” mission. Mine is not to gather scientific information about the stars and the moon and the planets and bring it back to earth. Mine is a mission to gather all the information that God has provided in His word and bring the ultimate Truth to a world that has forgotten the wonder of God Almighty. A world that has been so blinded to the beauty of God’s creation because of all the things that we seek after. Bigger houses, top of the line cars, clothes, furniture, electronic gadgets. Everything has to be bigger and better. It’s the American dream. But God is not interested in what we own. He is interested in what’s in our hearts. Matthew 6:19-21 says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

I want more than anything to accomplish the mission that God has set out before me. I want to declare with the heavens the glory of God! I want to boldly tell others that Jesus is the light of the world. That He came to earth to be a living sacrifice in atonement for our sins. That we may have a life on earth that is filled with alot of creature comforts, but when all is said and done what will those things matter? When we leave earth will we take them with us? Not hardly! These are things that moth and rust will destroy. I want to store up my treasure in heaven so that when I breathe my last I will not be taken by surprise. Those astronauts may or may not have been expecting that the day of that shuttle mission would be the day that their eternal future was sealed. I know without doubt that I have asked Jesus to be my Savior. I know that whether today or 40 years from now when I breathe my last I will indeed be in heaven. Not because of what I’ve done, but because of the price that Jesus paid for me. But I want more than that. I long to live my life for what really matters.

Lord, please help me not to seek out the wealth that this world has to offer. Instead help me to live every day in a way that is glorifying to You. This life is so short, and heaven is eternal. That is where I want my treasures to be stored up! Amen.


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