“…it is clear what sort of people you should be in holy conduct and godliness as you wait for the day of God and hasten its coming. Because of that day, the heavens will be dissolved with fire and the elements will melt with heat. But based on his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth,where righteousness dwells.”
2 Peter 3:10-13
When we put our trust in God, along with having a new Father who supplies what we need, our Father also begins teaching us new priorities and about what’s truly valuable. What is valuable to an adult is often different from what is valuable and exciting to child.
Susan and I did a lot of things with our children, not because they were exciting to us, but by virtue of the fact that they were exciting to our children. I would look at something they wanted to do and think, “No thanks. That looks cheesy.” The kids didn’t know what I was thinking, so we did it anyway. They were thrilled, and that pleased me.
There’s no telling how many things God has let me have just because He wanted to see me say, “Wow! Thank you!” with great delight, and God thinks, “Oh, if you only knew. There are things that are so much better. There are things that will last so much longer.”
My Father wants to teach me a new set of priorities, His priorities. The only thing other than God’s word that will last is people. Cars will be gone. Buildings will be gone. Civilizations disappear, but people will spend eternity somewhere; that’s why taking the gospel to those who haven’t heard is an investment that lasts. That’s putting money in a place where it can make a difference for eternity.
There will be people who will meet us for the first time in heaven and say thank you, people who are here on earth and have not even met us. Their thanksgiving to God overflows as they think about those of us who have made it possible for them to be blessed. That’s a different set of priorities.
When I went to pick up Susan and our Ukrainian children at the airport, all they had were carry-on bags. Susan had given away almost everything she had in Ukraine before coming home. When you’re depending on the Lord and you know you’re going somewhere better, you can travel light.
You and I need to learn how to travel light, because we know our Father is going to meet our needs; we’re on our way to a better home and we can give to others. It’s really a lot easier to travel that way. It’s really much easier when you don’t have tons of baggage to keep track of. You don’t have to be sure you don’t lose anything. You don’t have to make sure that nothing happens to it. We’re just passing through here. This isn’t our home. This is temporary.
My Father has promised me that I can come and live at His house. We’re not going to feel crowded there, and it’s going to be grand. We believe it’s true: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
God says, “I want you to stop living like paupers, stuffing your pockets, holding on to what you have; I want you to start living like my children. I want you to follow my priorities. I want you to know that these things the world runs after are empty.”
Your heavenly Father knows what you need. He’ll meet your needs. He’ll meet all your needs. Trust Him and sow generously. God will even give you the seed.