Time is passing and so are the things of the world. Nothing in our material world lasts forever. A museum can house many valuable collections, but how long will they last? How about the most impressive structures man has built? No one knows, but certainly not forever. Anything can happen. The only things that last are the treasure we store up in heaven.
Looking at all the things people do, I see so much time and effort wasted because they are not expended for the glory of God. Television is said to be a vast wasteland, but many shows are even worse as they suck people away from God. All things done out of selfishness or without love are wasted efforts. Life is brief and the time left for storing up treasure in heaven, even briefer. Yesterday I got the news that someone I saw at a wedding six days ago had drowned. The Lord knows exactly how much time we spend and what our intentions are in doing each thing. When we see the Lord, how good it will be to hear him say, "Well done, my faithful servant."