What am i leaving behind?

5 May 2014

Someone once commented, after climbing very high up the career ladder, “But sometimes, i wonder, what and who am i doing all this for?

Indeed that is quite an important question and sometimes in the process of getting “there”, we get lost on why we set off towards that prize or goal in the first place.

1 Timothy 6:7: “for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

i admire the simplicity of this verse, but i also struggle to live it out in my life. Whilst i do not think it is meant to say we only need to care enough to make it through to the next day or secure just enough to feed and clothe ourselves, i believe it points toward the disposition of the heart to be content.

For the majority of us, this contentment is possible already. But we burden ourselves with many hopes and dreams to live “bigger” and “better”. Yet the first part of the verse reminds you and i, that we can take nothing out of the world, and accumulating material possessions and money here will not equate to the same in the life to come.

i am going to be leaving everything i have worked for and everything i owned behind in this world when i die. Perhaps some consolation is that my remaining family can benefit, but if i were to be wiser, perhaps i would want to invest also in something more meaningful that i can leave behind, and perhaps even take with me.

Jesus left behind a testimony of truth that has changed the world. The apostles have left behind their writings which we read to this day and founded the early church. What they left behind was nothing materially valuable, but their lives and testimonies became eternally invaluable both here on earth and in heaven. Jesus said, “heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away“.

It is true that riches and possessions will rot away and fade, if not in our life time, in the generations to come after us eventually. We can see many examples of this today. Yet it is that which the world would never see as valuable that actually lasts forever.

Lord, I pray that my life is not built upon accumulating wealth, but that i build my life around seeking your Kingdom first. It is only your Kingdom that will never fade away. Keep my heart far from worldly pursuits that are meaningless.

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