Life is Short

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One of our most important roles as parents is to offer our children a consistent picture of God. When we become conflicted in what we value we offer a grossly inconsistent view of God to our children. On Sunday we sing “Holy, Holy, Holy” and on Tuesday our song may be more consistent with “I did it My Way.”


One trap we easily fall into is thinking we have all the time we need to pursue our various interests and pleasures. It is a ploy of the enemy to encourage us to think there will be plenty of time to get back to being serious about God. We forget that our lives are in God’s hands. God looks at things from the perspective of eternity, not what will make us happy tomorrow. In this sense, life is short. We have just as much time as God has determined. The world wants you to think that you have all the time you want to pursue whatever you want. The world wants you value treasure connected to your short life. 


Your children know if you are living for a life that is short or a life that is eternal.  It really is not hard to figure out. Just ask the question, “Where is your treasure?” If we are going to consistently honor God before our kids, we must live for treasure that is eternal, that will not pass away with this world. 


Parents, take to heart Jesus’ challenge. Don’t lay up treasure for the short life. Pursue treasure that is found in heaven. Don’t live for the treasures of a short life. Value the treasure of life that is truly life, life that is everlasting.


Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6:19-22


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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.