Are You Impressed?
“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.” (Psalm 8:1 NIV)
The thing that impresses you is the clearest indication of the direction you’re taking in life. Jesus was impressed by a widow who gave two coins, because it was all that she had. The widow was impressed with God, which is why she gave everything.
However, Jesus was not impressed with the temporal things of this world, which are destined to be destroyed…if they don’t wear out first. The Bible tells us when the Lord returns, “the earth and its works will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).
One day, as Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” Jesus replied, “Do you see all these great buildings?…Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down” (Mark 13:1-2 NIV). This prophecy was literally fulfilled in A.D. 70, when Roman forces destroyed Jerusalem and its temple, as well.
So, what should impress us as Christians in this life? God deeply desires for us to be impressed with Him, so much so that we trust Him with everything we have. There’s nothing wrong with having wealth or being significant in the world, but we’re not to be impressed with these things, or with anything else that isn’t eternal.
Daily Scripture Reading:
1 Kings 20-21
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