Clouds Dark and BrightIt is sobering to look around and see how the world is completely absorbed with its own vain show. Men are focused on things that will soon change and be forgotten. They bite and scratch for a taste of glory that will soon vanish like smoke in the wind.

This life is short. At most, it is usually no more than 70 or 80 years. Then we pass away.

The work we have done may be endure through generations . . .  or it may not.

We do not know if the things we have written, spoken or labored for will produce the fruit we seek. We cannot know. The causes we strive to push forward may last for a time.

Or they may not.

To Seize the Day or To Seize Eternity?

To live for today, is the most foolish of purposes. To follow that idea is to reject man’s eternal nature.

A man’s true purpose extends far beyond anything that happens down here on this ball of dirt.

Yet most people, especially the young, live by this very idea, “To live in the moment”.

Yes, we are to rejoice in this life we have. We should rejoice in the labor that God has given us to do. And to be thankful for everything that He has provided for us.

But this is not what most people mean when they seek to “live in the moment”.

Most people today reject the Creator and His Word. Instead, they choose this world, its pleasures, its honors, its philosophies and its fleeting security.

And they do not realize that eternity is standing at the door.

It is only a heartbeat away.

The Eternal Value of Our Work

There is a striking verse in the Old Testament. “An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.” (Proverbs 21:4)

What could be more down to earth, more salt of the earth, more basic work than a farmer plowing a field? From the beginning, this has been a symbol of the most solid labor a man can do.

Yet, even this noble work, will fall under God’s condemnation if that person rejects Christ.

All the hard labor and trials of a man’s life is of no value if he does not repent and trust Christ as His Savior.

All will be wasted. Regardless of one’s altruism, his service to humanity, his blood poured out in the service of his nation or whatever else he has achieved . . .  will ultimately be rejected.

He and all his work will be lost and forgotten forever.

But there is hope.

The Answer is in Christ Himself. He is what we each truly need.

He alone is the way of salvation and the true purpose of our lives. It is His righteousness alone that can save us.

And it is He alone that can make all of our work, all of our trials, sorrows, pain and suffering valuable, beyond our wildest imaginations, to endure for all eternity.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)