There is an ad for an insurance company on television where a guy shares his passion or more accurately ‘love’ for his car. He has named it – out of interest I can’t remember what he called it, he cleans it a little too regularly, and would be – I quote – ‘devastated’ if any one was to bump into it. Devastated? Really? Now of course it is just an ad, and that person is an actor reading a script (well, I hope it’s all an act). It may not be the car that you hold onto dearly or dream about holding onto dearly but if we are honest there is probably something. For a friend of mine it is his piano, he is constantly polishing it and was quite hurt when his young child accidentally bumped into it with a metal toy leaving a nice little ding in that ultra shiny black finish.
There is nothing wrong with looking after things, or enjoying the things we own – but it is really important for us to have perspective. A car’s paint job will fade, it will probably rust, and the engine will become so worn out that it will eventually be sold or given to the wreckers – that’s if you keep it that long! Things break, jewelry can be lost or broken, investment portfolios are not as ‘safe as houses’. Even houses don’t last forever! This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t bother owning a car, house, or whatever it might be, it means we should see these things for what they are and look to invest a good deal of our time, passion, and joy into those things that are imperishable – they do exist!
The bible says that through Christ we have an imperishable inheritance that won’t fade or spoil – doesn’t that sound like a relationship worth investing time and energy into considering what he has planned for us? This isn’t a ‘too good to be true’ offer either, we can be assured that we have an imperishable inheritance from God as he is imperishable. The psalms say that the heavens and the earth will wear out like a garment, and they will eventually be discarded, but He will remain the same, His years will have no end. Enjoy your car, house, musical instrument or whatever, but remember that our cars, houses, and musical instruments will fade, rust, and fail, but our imperishable inheritance through Christ will not.
*Written for the Salvos ‘Light and Life’ program