But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Christ will come back, and when He does, it will get very hot. A loud noise will shake the cosmos, and the rattling stars will be destroyed. The earth and all therein will melt like a stick of butter in the microwave. It won’t have a chance. All that exists will one day be a puddle of molten earth goo. This view of the stuff around us as eventually burned up and melted helps us with the value system that we place on our stuff. One preacher said, “knowing that it will all burn up one day, why do you still keep piling up stuff?” He took the analogy further and said that instead of fulfilling the great commission to save men’s souls, men rather accumulate wheelbarrows full of sawdust to dump in the fire. All things will one day be consumed, the only thing that will last for eternity is the souls of men. Why then would we spend our lives investing in something else? The disciples of Christ apparently caught this vision from Jesus, which is why you see them within a few decades travelling around the world proclaiming the gospel to those who are lost. So what will you accumulate? Wood, hay, stubble? Will you boast that you have more wheelbarrows full of fire fuel? Or, will you, with eyes like our Savior, see your purpose as far greater than just an accumulator of stuff and trinkets? Will you not be enamored by the fleeting “stuff” of culture, and rather pursue a deeper and greater purpose in the retrieval of men’s lives from the fire? Will you see yourself as one who holds the truth needed to rescue millions from eternal destruction, and then like William Carey, Ion-Keith Falconer, and Jim Eliot spend your life drawing men to life and purpose in Jesus? “You only have one life, and it will soon be past. Only what is done for Christ will last.” – C.T. Studd
Food For Thought: What item in this devo illustrated the accumulation of stuff? What does this illustration mean?