“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 whether our last day will find us caught up with the saints to meet Christ in the air, or drawing our last breath on some other appointed day, there is a day that will be our last one.
A friend of mine passed away recently. I don’t know his life story, but my spirit recognized him as a brother and treasured friend. He had a heart for the lost and the broken. He was a man of great compassion because he had also suffered heartaches, disappointments, and losses in his life.
These losses are bittersweet. Losing a loved one is tough.
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.
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.
What legacy are you leaving behind?
Father God, teach us to live mindful of the gift of each day. Help us to live joyfully and with great courage, taking advantage of every opportunity to leave a mark for Your kingdom. Show us how to love people and use things, and not the other way around, and to store up for ourselves eternal treasures.
Lord, may we live each day as if it were our last, with open hands, a clear conscience, and our priorities in order. And when You call us home, may we be ready to go with You. In Jesus’s Name, Amen. ❤️