Any plans are made through the filter that they will not live past September.
Reference: “for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them.” Psalm 49:17 NIV
Explore: A friend of mine was telling me about her brother who has decided to live a very different lifestyle.
Through some reading and research he believes the world will end in September. When each September comes and goes he prepares himself for the next September.
This means he approaches life very differently. He sold his house and he and his family now live in tents.
Mainstream schooling did not seem relevant if the children were not going to be around for a future career, so they were removed. Any kind of plans or financial decisions are all made through the filter that they will not live past September.
Application: While I don’t necessarily align myself with their theology or practice, it’s interesting to reflect on how we would live if we believed God would return rather soon. I work so hard to set up life for the future, but my decisions are often worldly rather than spiritually led.
The psalmist certainly puts things in perspective in Psalm 49. No matter what wealth we store here on earth, we all take the same with us in the end… nothing.
When we look at what our priorities are it shows us what our hearts are set upon. While I’m not suggesting we all go sell our houses and take our children out of school, let’s take some time to reflect on how we can focus on the important, Godly things in life.
Prayer: Lord, it’s so hard not to follow the path of everyone else who works hard to store wealth here on earth. May we gain the perspective from the psalms and always look to prioritise You first. Amen.
What would you consider your priorities are focussed on at the moment?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.