A dear brother in Christ at church was speaking to me recently about two good places to visit. The places are good because they enable us to get a right perspective on life. The places are “the dump” and “the graveyard.”
The dump is useful because it teaches us where all our stuff ends up. The graveyard is useful because it teaches us where we end up.
The question then arises what will we do with this information? For the unbeliever who is living for this world they are left in a terrible predicament. The people of this world who are living for that which is of time and sense cope with this with either living in denial or delusion.
Denial comes when they just reject the information presented to them and get on with living. Such living assumes that the more stuff I have the happier I will be and I will be here indefinitely to enjoy it.
Delusion comes when the person convinces themselves that for them, it will not turn out bad. Their doing well in this world will lead to them doing well beyond this world. They have no grounds for such a conclusion, but that is still the position they come to.
For the Believer in Christ. We are reminded:
‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matt. 6:19-21.)
people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgement (Heb. 9:27)
we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due to us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad (2 Cor 5:10)
Any stuff that we have should be used for the Lord’s glory. We are not in this world “for ever”.
So make a point of visiting the dump and the graveyard and do some pondering. It should change your life for good.