All things that are made, according to Hebrews 12:27, will be shaken so that only the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Nothing is worse than to see all that you worked for, all that you spent your time on, crumble and fail. The good news is that we have been given an unshakeable kingdom and can know and do that which is eternal. The question is what parts of our life are involved with the unshakeable?
One area of investigation is how do we spend our time. A teenage boy spends hours playing Halo or some other video game mastering the fine points of how to reach the higher levels. A young girl reads all about the latest “hottie” in People or some other popular entertainment magazine. A man spends hours each day checking the latest sports news and scores as well as various favorite Internet sites which may even include some pornographic sites. The average American watches over six hours of television a day. Many people think nothing of spending several hours texting and posting on the various social media networks. What lasting effects or what practical value has these pursuits? Obviously, very little or none.
Furthermore, the majority of people spend significant amount of time and effort to make money to spend on worldly comforts and pleasures. We strive to get the highest paying job that doesn’t require too much work or stress. We consider various luxuries such as the latest cell phones, high definition televisions, computers with high speed Internet connections, and various entertainment options as necessary expenditures, yet seldom consider the possibility of a higher and more unshakeable investment that could change lives forever. Would we be so nonchalant and secure if we knew that the vast majority of these activities will be shaken? Would there be a shift in the way we look at things and how we seek to spend our time if our eyes were opened to look from an eternal perspective?
According to Barna surveys the typical Christian spends less than a minute of the day talking to God or reading His word, and uses the other 1,439 minutes for mostly temporary things that don’t matter and will pass away. Jesus said that heaven and earth will pass away, but His word will not. Likewise in the parable of a wise man building on the rock instead of the sinking sand, the difference was hearing and obeying the word. There is a critical need to examine and determine what is built solid on Biblical principles in our lives. Unfortunately, for many of us there isn’t much of our daily life and activities that is unshakeably built on the rock.
It isn’t even a question “what if” things were to change, the only question is when. Surely all things will be shaken. Knowing this what type of person ought we to be? How can we begin to change? The answer is simple and yet completely profound. His word, His truth endures forever. Therefore, read the word, think about the word, make our thoughts and ways line up with the truth of His thoughts and ways. Seek to know and please God.
What you think, what you desire, what choices you make that are consistent with God’s word, these will last forever and be unshakeable. God didn’t call us to just a comfortable life of ease on this earth, but rather to receive the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus in our behalf and then, in response to His incredibly great love for us, use the time we have to live for Him. Only when we are involved in that which pleases Him will our work be unshakeable.