2007-05-31 - Breakfast at Tiffany's
Matt 6:19-21 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (NASB)
The pink cocktail dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's was auctioned off today for $192,000. It is a piece of cinematic history, and I'm sure the buyer is pleased to have the garment. But this is a very temporal thing that a moth would love to get his teeth into for breakfast.
When death comes to take us home, or the trumpet call sounds and we who remain are all changed in the twinkling of an eye, will the most lovely dress, or the fastest car, or the most breath-taking painting matter? Of course they won't. The hymn Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus reminds us that, "the things of earth will grow strangely dim...". There is no problem in having things, but keeping their priority in perspective is important too.
What will matter is Jesus and our relationship with Him.
Heb 9:26-27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, (NASB)
It will all boil down to knowing Jesus as your Savior from sin. The very best of us will not pass the mark. The only "good enough" is perfection. Since we are all born into this mortal life as fallible beings, we will never measure up to perfection. Jesus has offered His perfect life in exchange for the tatters of our lives, if we will only ask for His forgiveness and to agree to live life according to two rules. Love God with all your heart, soul and mind. And love our fellow man as we love ourselves (Matt 22:35-40). It's harder than it might seem, but much easier than struggling through this life without Jesus.
The treasures are not things. The roads will be paved with gold. One of the materials we prize most will be used like asphalt. It will be beautiful, so pure as to be transparent. If the roads are that stunning, the city will be amazing. But even the city and the streets are not the treasure. Having people there with us will be the treasure. When opportunities to tell people around you about God's salvation, tell them. When those around us go through trials, they know who the Christians are - and they ask questions. Be ready to answer.
Breakfast with Jesus and your friends and family will be more exciting than breakfast anywhere else.
Grace & Peace,