The book of Revelation writes the end of the world, but the subject isn’t dear to many hearts. Many people roll their eyes when they hear someone say that the world is going to end. And, I suppose, that’s the natural thing to do, because listening to someone talk about the end of the world almost seems childish. It seems like something that is more useful for a blockbuster or a lyric in a Billboard top 100, but here’s something to think about.
It would be arrogant of us to believe that this world is going to last forever. What doesn’t age on this earth? What can’t be destroyed or corrupted? The earth doesn’t sustain itself. The sun is a big ball of burning gas. Tell me, what’s one of the biggest crises that we have on our planet as far as natural resources go? Are we running out of gas? Do we need energy? Why would we think that a big ball of burning gas would never burn itself out? “‘…the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky… … …They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory’” (Matthew 24:29-30).
One day we could wake up and find that all of our money is useless. I’m not an economist, but I do understand that our nation’s currency could devalue to almost nothing. It seems unlikely, but I’m not going to say that it could never happen. Likewise, I’m also not going to say that it could happen but probably won’t happen anytime soon. Here’s wisdom speaking: Bad news comes without warning. Any normal day can end in tragedy.
Don’t fear tragedy, fear God. When we are out of money, God can provide. When we have no food, God can multiply. When we are sick, God can lead us to healing. When our life ends on this earth, God can bring our spirit to a place where he lives rather than a place that he has abandoned.
Money has no stronghold on God. Yes, we need money to get by, but we can’t make it grow on trees. We can’t go out and make as much money as we would like in a weekend simply because we need it before we end up on the street. God knows where the money is, and he will bring it to us if we stay faithful to him.
If we store up wealth rather than God’s mercy, grace, kindness, forgiveness and love, then wealth is what we will get. But, one day, money might not be worth a penny, and, surely, money cannot buy us a ticket to heaven. The Son of God–Jesus Christ–however, has already bought us a ticket to heaven if we choose to believe in him.
It takes courage to live a life by faith, but, trust me, living by faith is better than living a life that leads to tragedy without God. “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:34-38).