Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Shell and the Glory

My family and I had the miserable experience recently of having our beloved dog, Lady, pass away. It was quite unexpected. Saving you from the details, she passed away in the middle of the night. To spare my family of seeing her this way, I got up and moved her body to the garage for the remainder of the night until I could bury her in the morning. I was very sad at her passing and was telling her one last goodbye before I picked her up to move her. As soon as I picked her up, though, I realized that “Lady” was no longer there. What I carried into the garage was merely a shell. The dog I loved was gone.

I do not relay this to you to bum you out. Carrying my dog’s body was a brutal reminder to me that we all, as human beings, are currently “renting space” in the bodies we are currently inhabit. Some day we will be glorified in an imperishable body and will abide with Christ, and our fellow believers, forever (1 Corinthians 15:35-58). With that in mind, what is our goal in this life? To accumulate accolades, rewards, wealth, esteem, and a legacy that is worthless when our spirits leave our bodies and all that is left is an empty shell that will be buried and mourned?

Christ’s words in Matthew 6:19-21 become all the more real when we think seriously about death. Storing up for ourselves treasures in heaven should become our aim, where moth and rust cannot destroy and we can bask in God’s glory with our heavenly treasures for all eternity. This does not mean that we abandon our earthly callings, but instead those callings can serve a higher purpose as everything we do as believers (including your profession, relationships, and wealth) should be with the intent of pointing people toward Christ and glorifying Him (Colossians 3:17 and 1 Corinthians 10:31). We will then reap the eternal benefits of our life lived on earth.

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