On the Fleeting World

” For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” -1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV)

Why do humans tend to focus on things that will pass away? Money, fame, success, relationships. When our time comes to die and be buried, will we be able to take these things with us? Naked we have come into this world and naked well will depart. Are these things evil in themselves? No, but once they become an obsession, a craving, not only does it become sin, but it becomes the source of much grief. How many people have all the money and wealth in the world, but are never satisfied? How many pursue fame and success, only to find emptiness? How many drift from relationship to relationship, yet never find happiness?

Humans feel that somehow the things of this world will make them complete. If only I get the contract, the degree, the right partner, then I will lack nothing. The sad reality is that this is not true. In this world, man will never be satisfied because everything thing in this world is fleeting, a chasing after the wind. One can lose money as quickly as they gained it. Fame and success may last during one’s lifetime and may even persist after their death. However, time eventually erodes human greatness. Friends come and go, and even spouses die eventually. In this world, where everything seems to slip from our grasp if it hasn’t already, what do we cling onto? He who calls upon the name of Christ will never thirst. Those who understand and believe in Christ’s sacrifice and His resurrection, and have dedicated their lives to Him, will never be restless. They will always find satisfaction in His eternal love and grace, and comfort in the hope of a beautiful life in the hereafter.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.