If a string with a knot in it were stretched from earth to the most distant star, the size of the knot would represent the length of our time on this earth in contrast with eternity. We live in the realm of time for a few short years. Eternity stretches ahead in Heaven or Hell. Are you prepared for Heaven? Have you put your trust in Christ? Are you living for temporal (time) values or for eternal values.
All of us have values. Our values are revealed by the choices we make: by how we spend our time and money, by the friends we choose and the spouse we eventually marry. Our values also determine the church we attend and our involvement in that church, as well as the school we choose for our family. These choices we make will have eternal consequences. Whether we are the most popular student, or the most brilliant, or the best athlete, or voted the most likely to succeed; will in the light of eternity not really matter. What will matter will be our relationship with God and our desire to live for His glory.
For King Solomon money was no object. He tried everything life had to offer: including the search for knowledge, the pursuit of fun, wine, women. homes, gardens, orchards, and fabulous treasures he gathered from all over the known world. No doubt, he was a billionaire by today’s standards. As he neared old age, he concluded that his life had been vain and empty, a total waste.
How sad! Solomon had started out so well in humble dependence on God; but he blew it all by living for temporal values and ignoring God’s will for his life.
Jesus asks us a penetrating question recorded in Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”