Sunday, April 17, 2005

Pension Fund in Heaven

DEAD COLD. All of us will soon face the inevitable: death. But for Christians, there is no fear in death for "to live is Christ and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21) (JAYRED/January 2005)

What is life without Jesus?

Can you imagine it? I can't. For me, the Lord is my be-all and end-all for living. Without Him, I cannot do anything -- not through my human wisdom and understanding, and not even through my well-meaning family and friends. After all, He is the source of everything that we truly need. We can have eternal life only if we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord (John 3:16).

So it is heart-breaking to see the world chasing after the wind in vain. They think that life is all about acquiring wealth and gaining fame. People do not realize that these things do fade away and will prove worthless in the end. Do you think we can take with us the 'valuable' things and the 'precious' titles we have amassed in our lifetime to the grave? No!

And so, instead of putting much premium on temporal things, let's crave for things with eternal value. It's a wise investment. As the apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 3:2: "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."

(Note: JAYRED, a former Manila-based photojournalist and now a missions trainee of the Asian Center for Missions, is currently based in Switzerland. She writes the Bible-based texts for the online devotional blogsite "Fish & Loaves.")


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