“What are the things in this world that has a true eternal value?”It goes without saying that the only things of eternal value in this world are those that are eternal. Life in this world is temporal, not eternal, and therefore, the only part of life that has eternal value is that which lasts through eternity. Clearly, the most important thing in this world that has true eternal value is having a relationship with Jesus Christ, because the free gift of eternal life comes only through Jesus to all those who believe John 3:1616 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave[a] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.As Jesus saidJohn14:66 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.Everyone is going to live somewhere for all of eternity, Christians as well as non-Christians alike. And our eternal destiny is either in Heaven with Christ or everlasting punishment in for those who reject Him Matthew 25:4646 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”But this world offers abundant material things and many persistently seek after those things, and Jesus warns us in Matthew 6:19-2019 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.
After all, we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it. But we tend to forget our Christian values in our quest for success and material comfort, and in the midst of these earthly pursuits we often forget about God. Moses addressed this issue three thousand five hundred years ago as his people were about to enter the Promised Land. He warned them not to forget about God, for he knew once they’ve become wealthy, their hearts would become proud and they would forget about HimDeuteronomy 8:12-1412 For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, 13 and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful! 14 Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.There is certainly no eternal value in living our lives for ourselves, by observing and following what the world system tries to make us believe, and that is we can get as much out of life as we want. Yet we can gain tremendous eternal value in what we do during our short life time here on earth. Although Scripture makes it clear that our earthly good works will not save us or keep us savedEphesians 2:8-98 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.And it’s clear that we will be eternally rewarded according to what we have done while here on earth. As Jesus Himself said:Matthew 16:2727 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds. We as Christians are God’s workmanshipEphesians 2:1010 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.These “good works” means serving the Lord the best we can with what He has given us and with full dependence on Him.The Apostle Paul discusses the quality of the works which can bring eternal rewards. Describing us as “builders” and the quality of our work with the building materials.1 Corinthians 3:11-1311 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. 12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value.Essentially, Paul is telling us that not all of our conduct and works will be rewarded.There are many ways our service to the Lord will bring us rewards. First, we need to recognize that every true believer has been set apart by God and for God. When we received God’s gift of salvation we were given certain spiritual gifts 1 Corinthians 12:7, 117 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.And if we think our gifts are insignificant we need to remember that, as Paul told the church in Corinth, the body of Christ is made up of many parts.1 Corinthians 12:14,18,2214 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part….., 18and God has put each part just where he wants it……22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.If you are exercising your spiritual gifts, you are playing a significant role in the body of Christ and doing the things which has eternal value.Every member of Christ’s body can make meaningful contributions when we humbly seek to edify the body and to glorify God. In that way, every little thing can add to the beautiful mosaic of what God can do when we each one do our part. Remember, on earth Christ has no body but ours, no hands but our hands and no feet but our feet.Spiritual gifts are God’s way of administering His grace to others when we:Show our love for God by obeying His commandmentsWhen we persevere in the faith despite all opposition and persecutionWhen in His name we show mercy to the poor and sick and less fortunate, and When we help ease the pain and suffering that is all around us, Then we are building with the “gold, silver, and costly stones” that have true eternal value.