Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.~Matthew 6:19-20 NIV
We never know when our last day will be. Only the Father knows.
But what we know as a believer in Christ, is that on our last day we will be with Him. If we are here when He returns, we will be caught up with the saints to meet Him in the air.
We will draw a last breath. There is a day that will be our last one here on earth.
A friend of mine passed away recently. I don’t know his life story, but my spirit recognized him as a brother as well as a treasured friend. He had a heart for the lost and the broken. Because he had suffered heartaches, disappointments, and losses in his life, he was a man of great compassion.
Losing a loved one is tough. These losses are bittersweet.
While I will surely miss my friend, I am grateful for the rearrangement of priorities that so often come hand-in-hand with these life-altering events. Reality shakes us awake, and the fog temporarily clears long enough for us to realize, once again, what is truly important in this life.
My friend took nothing with him. However, as he shed his earthly body, he left behind a godly legacy in the hearts and minds of many. And as his eyes closed here for the last time, they open anew to the welcome of those who have gone on before him, and the long-awaited embrace of his Savior Jesus Christ.
In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.~John 14:2-3 NKJV
I wonder what legacy I will leave one day with my passing. Which treasures will I have been wise enough to send on ahead of my arrival home?
How about you, friend? Will you leave a legacy? What is more important, is, do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? He is preparing a place for you in Heaven. Make sure you are ready to meet Him there by accepting His free gift of salvation.
What legacy are you leaving behind?
Father God, teach me to live, mindful of the gift of each day. Help me to live joyfully and with great courage, taking advantage of every opportunity to leave a mark for Your kingdom. Show me how to love people and use things, and not the other way around, and to store up for myself eternal treasures. May I live each day as if it was my last, with open hands, a clear conscience, and priorities in order. And when You call me home, may I be ready to go with You.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
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