My son’s favorite question to ask is, “Mommy, are there . . . (superheros, bad guys, sharks, etc.) in this world?” I get a couple of those questions each day. He is trying to figure out if everything he reads about, sees on TV or hears is real “in this world.”
Most recently, I found myself trying to explain that there are bad guys in this world, but they don’t have super powers. I’m not sure how it came out and I don’t even remember what I said, but he seems to get it. Or maybe I just confused him so much he dropped the subject. There are so many things in this world and many of them are wonderful and just as many are not. As Christians, how do we keep ourselves from getting confused about what is true and what isn’t? How do we make decisions that will store up treasures in Heaven and not focus on the temporary wealth of this world?
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. Matthew 6:19
Jesus looked him hard in the eye—and loved him! He said, “There’s one thing left: Go sell whatever you own and give it to the poor. All your wealth will then be heavenly wealth. And come follow me.” Mark 10:21
We MUST read God’s written Word, study it, pray, soak in God’s presence and worship Him. All of these practices have led me to a close relationship with my heavenly Father. My close friends and I often ponder, “How do those who don’t know Christ make it through this world and the tragedies, pain, heartache, sickness, despair . . . .?”
Honestly, I don’t think they do. I believe they have turned to wealth, alcohol, work, drugs, pornography, exercise and anything else they can put all their focus on to numb the reality of pain, loss and loneliness they feel. My favorite song (I call it my life theme song) is by Mandisa. It is called Only The World. She says it best in the lyrics from this song:
Cause it’s only the world I’m living in, It’s only the day I’ve been given. There ain’t a way I’m giving in Cause it’s only the world. I know the best is still yet to come cause even when my deeds in the world are done. It’s gonna be so much more than only the world to me.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:4-5