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August 1, 2021 | Javan Shashaty
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“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?”—Luke 9:25 (NKJV)
Growing up, I was fixated on the idea of becoming famous. There was nothing greater in my young mind then to be rich, popular, and powerful. So, I set out to do just that. I began playing sports, hopeful I’d become a professional athlete. I also sang in R&B bands, hoping I’d become a famous entertainer. I soon realized that none of my plans would pan out.
Years later, after gaining a comprehensive knowledge of who Christ is, I realized those were empty ambitions. The truth is that in our brokenness, all of us are chasing after something. We are all trying to fill a void in the heart. The problem is that we look to the treasures of this life and we don’t look to Christ, who would caution us against such a mindset. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:19-20 (NKJV), “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."
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NKJV) says God “has put eternity in their hearts.” That is why we start the “chase.” We sense and want something more. We aspire for something greater. We are looking for value and meaning. A lot of us are attracted to fame and fortune because in our finite perspective, we think treasures and riches will fill that void and end the chase. Well, my chase for riches only drove me to into a dead-end, and that’s exactly what life without Christ is: a dead end!
To come into the knowledge of Jesus Christ is where our chase for value and meaning is truly defined. Being wealthy and obtaining riches or treasure is not a sin, but the greater treasure is to spend eternity with Jesus in heaven. Christ’s death on the cross for the remission of our sins is our gift and treasure. Christ sees us as His joy. No riches in this life should ever cloud over that reality. Christ is indeed enough, and He will fill the void.
DIG: Read Matthew 6 and Ecclesiastes 3:11
DISCOVER: Contemplate whether you are chasing the treasures of this life and looking past Jesus.
DISPLAY: Be careful not to allow what you obtain here in this life to eclipse your greater treasure which is Christ. Display Christ as your ultimate treasure for all to see!