I was a child of the 80’s and enjoyed MTV and bands like Dire Straits. Ironically I usually just enjoyed the beat and sang along without giving much thought into the meaning behind any lyrics. Good thing too because I might not have enjoyed the music as much.
Not only in the 80’s but throughout time, we have constantly been drawn by something in that time period to foolishly put our money into. We are drawn to whatever the exciting thing is for that season in our life. We put money, time and energy into that thing that we expect to make us happy… to fulfill us. But it never will. We are constantly using our money for nothing.
This is not something that only the people of the 80’s faced, it is an age old problem. About 700 years before Christ walked on this earth, Isaiah wrote about this problem directly to the Israelites. “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?” (Isa 55:2) Now he was not just talking physical bread that we eat… he was referring to the bread of life that Jesus would latter identify Himself as. And this age old question still stands today.
If you were to look at your checkbook and calendar right now… how much money and time have you invested into something the last month that will actually last? I’m not talking last a few week or years or even decades. I mean something that will last an eternity.
Only the bread of life can do that. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35) Investing in your relationship with Jesus or in helping others to start or grow their relationship with Him… those are the only things that really last. They are the only things that survive beyond this temporary thing we call life.
It may not be MTV anymore but most of us have something that fits into the song lyric. ‘I want my ….’ (fill in the blank). And as a result, we invest our finances and our energy into achieving that thing… but it won’t last. Not until we focus our resources to the bread of life can we truly be investing into something that will last.
As you review your finances and your calendar… take a hard look and evaluate what it is you really value in life. Are you putting the bulk of your resources in the right area or are you just using your money for nothing?
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