READ: Luke 12
THINK: Today is the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. It is a day where a nation remembers one of the darkest hours in our history. It is a day when we cannot help but think about the fact that life is short and the world is broken. Please, please take 10 minutes and watch this video by clicking the picture below. It is a testimony of a man named Sujo John, who was at Ground Zero when the planes struck.
You are alive. What are you living for?
In Luke 12, Jesus warns us about how easy it is to get caught up in living for the things of this world. What are you storing up for yourself instead of being rich toward God? It’s not just about money or about possessions. Some of us live for those things – possessions, cars, clothes, shoes, purses, video games. Some of us live for popularity and acceptance, and relationships with significant others and sex. Some of us live for the fleeting high of marijuana, alcohol, or pornography. What are you living for? What are the things that define your life? Are they things that matter? Are they things you’re proud of? Are they things that really make a difference? Or are you wasting the minutes and the hours and the days and the years of your life away…until one day you die.
I challenge you to refuse to waste your life! Today, on the 11th anniversary of 9-11, I challenge you to decide, like Sujo John did, that life is too short to waste pursuing the empty things of this world, and to declare, “I am second.”
PRAY: If you’re willing, pray what Sujo John prayed, “God, I am done chasing the things that have been on my heart. From now on I be chasing that which is on your heart. And I am convinced that what’s on your heart is people. People from all over the world, many of whom have never heard your name even once. So Lord, I want to be a proclaimer of the good news of Jesus Christ. I want to redeem my time. So God, here is a surrendered life. Would you rewrite it?”