“And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.”
The verse above is the prophecy of when Babylon would fall. The people of this city were invested in wealth and possessions. They were guilty of committing all types of abominations. The lived for the moment to please themselves without any regard as to the consequences of their actions. Not only were the people of this city invested in the temporal, but every nation was also invested in the wealth of this city. The nations became wealthy based on this city’s economy. This city was the center of the world, and it was also thought that it could never fall.
However, what nobody considered was that there is a God Who is omnipotent. The power of this city paled in comparison to God. God didn’t need the wealth of this city to survive because He is the source of all wealth. The mistake this city made was that they invested in that which would one day be taken away, and when it was all gone they had nothing left.
Christian, though these verses are talking about the end times, a valuable lesson can be learned from these people. When all is gone, what will you have left? Far too many Christians are living for that which they see without considering that one day it will all be gone. It will either be gone because of death, or it will be gone because you will either lose it or it will be taken away. The question you must ask yourself is if you lose everything, what will you have left?
My friend, you had better invest in that which will never be gone. One thing that will never be gone is the kingdom of Heaven. The kingdom of Heaven is eternal. When all is gone, the efforts you put into seeing people saved will still be there for you to enjoy. Every person you put your efforts in to see them turn out right will still go to your account in the kingdom of Heaven. You can invest your efforts in money, but money can quickly dissolve. Proverbs 23:5 reminds us, “Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.” You can lose money as quickly as you get it. If your focus is on how much money you can get or how many possessions you can have, you will one day be disappointed when it is all gone. You can always count on the investments into the kingdom of Heaven paying you back because those investments are sure and will never be gone.
Furthermore, you would be wise to invest in the one who will never be gone, and that is God. Deuteronomy 33:27 reminds us about God, “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…” When you invest yourself into God and His desires for your life, you are investing in the eternal. You can try to invest your efforts in many people in hopes that they will return the favor, but you are investing in the temporal when you invest yourself into personalities. If you will invest your efforts in pleasing God, you are making an eternal investment that will pay dividends for eternity.
When all is over, the only thing that will be worth it will be how much you invested in the kingdom of Heaven and how much glory you brought to God. Let me challenge you to refocus on God because when all is gone, He will still be there.