A Time Bomb (Matthew 16:26)

I just sold the car that I owned for nine years. It was unquestionably the finest driving experience I ever had but it was a conditional joy. Whenever I was driving the car, I was elated but after a few thousand miles, I knew an expensive repair would have to be made. It was a terrible feeling knowing that whatever happiness I experienced was ephemeral, soon to be replaced by the fear that it would fail…again. I was driving a time bomb. I finally had enough and sold the car, vowing to never again waste my money on a depreciating material possession. 

After the sale, I breathed a sigh of relief and reflected upon the experience. Is this the way I should live? I am always learning but never coming to the complete truth. The great evangelist, Ravi Zacharias, succinctly and eloquently described our forlorn state. 

The loneliest moment in life is when you have just experienced that which you thought would deliver the ultimate and it has just let you down.

Ravi Zacharias

Some of us cling to our possessions, careers, even people, hoping that any or all of these will bring us the happiness we so desperately seek. God understands our desperate state and asks all of us to ponder His question.

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?

Matthew 16:26 (NLT)

God definitely answers His own question. 

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Matthew 6:33 (NLT)

Anything we cling to, outside of a relationship with God, is a time bomb, destined to self-destruct and let us down. Only by confessing and repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior are we able to free ourselves from the inevitable pathway to disappointment. When we seek a relationship with Jesus Christ, He will give us everything we need, much more desirable than anything we want. 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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