Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

What Really Matters?

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

9th September 2012

I like these two quotes:

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” (Jim Elliot)
“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” (Martin Luther)

We all need to see how small and insignificant most things are for which we work all our lives > Pleasure, money, position, or power.

They look important and desirable as we strive to get them, but in the context of eternity they are so insignificant.

There are many people in this world, politicians, business leaders, newspaper magnets, who have all these things, yet many have fallen because of their greed, and one must wonder how many others are really happy and contented.

Here’s another quote, this time from Abd-al-Rahman III (889-961), eighth Umayyad ruler of Spain from 912. He could be regarded as a highly successful man. Yet he said:

“I have now reigned above fifty years in victory and peace, beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Riches and honours, power and pleasure, have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing appear to be wanting for my felicity. In this situation, I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness that have fallen to my lot: they amount to fourteen.”

One day we will all look back unconcerned as to whether we had any of these things that the world craves or not. In themselves they are not bad, although sometimes the getting of them is not honourable, but as we embark on an eternal future with Lord they will be seen for what they are: trivial and transitory.

As time goes by we should appreciate the value of the things that really matter such as,

‘…love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…’ (Galations 5:22–23)

If we gain these things, what we lack doesn't matter.

Following Jim Elliot’s quote in his note book he recorded this from Luke 16:9

‘That when it shall fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations’

In the New International Version this verse reads:

‘I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings’.

These worldly things will fail, they will go; that’s inevitable. What really matters is ‘to gain what we cannot lose’.

Have a good week evaluating what really matters in your life.

Pastor Barry

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