“…we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.” (1 Timothy 6:7-See also Ecc. 5:15, Ps.40:17 & Job 1:21). Sobering thought!!! Our lives are like a “vapor/puff of smoke“. Naked and penniless we come into the world and we are buried in the same manner. We are to “number our days” and “redeem” the time for days are few before our death.
The flip side is that we are called to “lay up treasures in heaven“. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:19-20). What are these treasures in “heaven” which cannot be destroyed?—PEOPLE and our acts of SERVICE done in Jesus and for the spread of HIS fame!
Let us be about living for the ETERNAL!
The ministry model of Jesus…“In the ministry of Jesus words and works, gospel preaching and compassionate service went hand in hand. His works expressed his words, and his words explained his works. It should be the same for us. Words are abstract, they need
to be embodied in deeds of love. Works are ambiguous, they
need to be interpreted by the proclamation of the gospel.
Keep words and works together in the service and witness of
the church.” John Stott