September 1, 2009
All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the Word of the Lord remains forever. 1 Peter 1:24-25
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"Stuff." Most of us have some amount of stuff.
For a great many people, their stuff helps define who they are, how they think of themselves, and how they hope others will regard them.
Sadly, the stuff of advertisements doesn't always deliver. They promise us much, but really give us little. They promise to raise our standard of living, but often they only raise our standard of longing.
In all probability, if you check your basement, garage, attic, or closet you will find a lot of stuff that once seemed to be incredibly important, but now has been totally forgotten.
In short, stuff can let us down. It almost always lets us down; it withers and the flower falls.
I imagine that's the way it was for the fellow in Colorado who brought his vehicle into the recent Cash-For-Clunkers program. That vehicle, with less than 19,000 miles on the odometer, was an almost mint-condition 1985 Maserati.
For those of you who aren't car fans, that is a very, very expensive car.
Maybe once that vehicle was the apple of his eye, but now, well, he got $3,500 for it so he could buy a Subaru.
And as for the very, very expensive car -- it will be crushed.
Having said all this about stuff, maybe it's time to talk of the Savior.
In contrast to the limited ability of stuff to answer our lasting needs, we have Jesus Christ. Every promise He has made to us He keeps. Every gift He gives to us is precious.
And now -- pay attention because this is important -- when you get to heaven, nobody is going to ask whether you got there in a Maserati, a Mercedes, or a muscle car. The only thing you will need that day is faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, my attic and garage say there are many things in my life that come and go. You are the only Person who has eternal permanence. Grant me the grace to appreciate You and let others know how valuable You are. This I ask in Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries