Author C S Lewis wrote, “Our father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but He will not encourage us to mistake them for home.”
We can be so focused on the material blessings that God gives us, that we forget whose they are and what they are for. “Our” assets are not actually ours. Money, houses, investments, clothes, sports equipment, furniture, decorations, tools and even talents are entrusted to us to be enjoyed, yes, but also to test us—to see whether we will use them for eternal interests or for selfish purposes.
We are called, trained, resourced and empowered to be fast-moving pilgrims. We have a simple but crucial mission—to help people to fix their eyes on Jesus Christ. God supports and funds this mission with the talents and possessions He entrusts to us. What a privilege!
Let’s use God’s resources to encourage people to fix their eyes on Jesus. In doing so we will also be empowered to keep our eyes on Him.
As Helen Lemmel penned, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
Julian Archer is the founder of Faith vs Finance—a global ministry working with Christians who seek to maintain a vibrant relationship with Jesus amidst the pressures of materialism and self-centred lifestyles.