Scripture- I John 2:17
The world and its desires pass away but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
This week was our 21st wedding anniversary and this has me thinking back to my days as a bride. At the time, I was focused on having what I considered to be the perfect wedding. I spent hours making sure every detail was just the way I wanted it, but it’s funny how twenty years later I would definitely do things differently (my big eighties hair and dresses with shoulder pads for example.) My tastes have changed, but our commitment to our vows has not! The wedding might look different today, but the promises we made have lasted us twenty years, and we still intend to love, honor, and cherish each other until “death do us part.”
In a way this reminds me of what John is saying here. Don’t forget that the world and all it has is fleeting, temporary, and already passing away. Much of our lives is given to things that do not stand the test of time.To experience something eternal, do God’s will. This investment brings rewards that last forever.
When I am tempted to put all my energy into temporary tasks, I need to remember that “only what’s done for Christ will last.”