Investing in the Eternal

  A lumberjack went into a groove of trees the he knew he was going to eventually cut down.  Among the trees, he saw a mother bird building a nest. He knew she would lay her eggs, the babies would hatch, the tree would come down, and they would all die. So, he started banging on the tree with his axe until the mother bird flew to another tree. Well, that was no good because that tree was going to come down also so he banged on that tree and the bird flew to another tree. This happened again and again until the lumberjack bothered her enough that she flew up to a rock and built her nest there.  Then the lumberjack went home.
  Every single tree in this world is coming down. There is no place in this world you can put your money that's safe; unless you build your nest on the rock, it will eventually amount to nothing. Psalms 46:1-5 says,  "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the City of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day."
  We have seen cities in this country bombed and flooded; no homeland security agency can prevent those tragedies. In the earthly city in which you live, you are vulnerable because you have made investments in a city that can be shaken. But you are also a citizen of the city that can't be bombed or flooded - the City of God. In the long run, it is only in being a citizen of the City of God in which there is any safety at all.  As C.S. Lewis says, "All that is not eternal is eternally out of date."  Make sure that you are using your money, your time, and your talents in a way that invests them in something eternal.
In Him,
Pastor Boyd

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