God or Money #5 – What is a tragedy?
Kyle Wendel | Children & Student’s Director
If you could think of a real life tragedy, what would it be? I want to talk about a certain type of tragedy we deal with. I am going to paraphrase a story by John Piper about tragedy. There were two elder ladies that were missionaries in Cameroon. They were near their 80’s and went from village to village helping out with medical issues and serving each village. Their main goal was to bring the Gospel to their people. One day they were driving, and the brakes went out in their car. The car went straight off a cliff, and they died instantly. What a sad tragedy most would say. Let us look at another couple. They were in their 50’s, and they took early retirement from their jobs. They were living in Florida, where they enjoy their time on their 30-foot boat, play softball, and collect shells. It is the American Dream at its finest. They are living the dream, right?
The thing is THAT is a tragedy. They will have to go before their Creator and have to give an account of their life. What are they going to say? “Look Lord at my shell collection!” They have completely wasted their lives on building up their investment here on earth. That investment will get them nowhere. The two elder ladies dying is not a tragedy at all. They spent their lives devoted to the Gospel. They did not build their treasure here on Earth, but instead, they made a Heavenly investment. See the retired couple has nothing to show for their life. Yeah sure, they have a nice job, nice house, a family, grandkids, the whole American Dream, but they had no eternal investment. They had wasted their lives on the here and now. Completely devoting themselves to their retirement to live happy and merry. What impact did they have for the Kingdom? They have absolutely nothing to show for their lives when they go face to face their Creator when they die.
However, the two missionaries will hear “Well done, good and faithful servant.” They knew where they were going. They knew that one day they would be with the Lord for all eternity in a perfect place called Heaven. They knew the value of that was far greater than wasting your life in earthly treasures. What is your life when you will have nothing to show for it? You cannot take your earthly treasures past the grave. It does not matter what it is. Where is your heart?
Do you know the Gospel? Have you confessed your sin and believed that Jesus is Lord? Are you making an eternal investment with your life, or are you too caught up in this world? Is the American Dream the best option you have? If so, you are truly missing out because someday your life will be accounted for before the Lord. If you do not know Jesus as Lord, then you will be spending your eternity in a very real place called Hell. Now THAT is a tragedy, not the two ladies that served the Lord their God and are spending eternity with Him in Heaven.
Matthew 6:19-21 says, “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. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
The Bible is very plain and simple when it comes to it. Do you want to know where your heart is? Where is your treasure? Your heart will sure be there as well. You cannot have two things mastering your heart. It will be either God or a false idol such as money. I beg you not to waste your life for things that do not matter. Rather I encourage you to seek the Lord with all your heart and have your eternal place in mind with the decisions you make in your life. To God be all the glory!
If you would like to hear the sermon of Pastor John Piper, the link is:
Boasting Only In The Cross