“Surely every man walks about like a shadow; surely they busy themselves in vain; he heaps up riches and does not know who will gather them. “And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You” Psalms 39 6-7 NKJV.
Day after day, we work tirelessly to gather up many possessions, accumulating great wealth. More often than not, we know nothing that will happen to it when we leave this world because we unfortunately cannot take anything with us. You will find that those who remain with it will put it to ruins far quicker than the time and effort it took to build up the wealth. The world teaches us to focus on ourselves alone, disregarding those who are poor and suffering. If that was not the case, why is there such a huge gap between the wealthy and poor? The only riches we should seek to accumulate, are those in heaven. Those are the ones which look to benefit not only yourself, but those around you. Christ told the rich young Prince to go sell all his belongings because He could see that the young Prince had his hope in his riches. Our hope ought to be on the eternal, not the perishable. Christ ought to be the source and cornerstone of our hope, that way, the things we occupy ourselves with will not go in vain. Once our deeds were like filthy rags, but through and in Christ alone, are they given purpose.
Lord, let me not labour in vain, where my focus is on the things of the world. Redirect my focus as I continuously place my hope in you, as I work to serving You and You alone. Amen