“And he works and he builds with his own two hands. And he pours all he has into a castle made with sand. Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands.” These are the lyrics from a song by a band called ‘Casting Crowns’. The words always remind me of how fleeting this life and world is, and how pointless it is to build up ‘castles’ here.
What good is it for a man to gain the whole word, yet forfeit his own soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
~ Mark 8:36-37 ~
This world has a lot of great things to offer in its people, places, ideas, technology, and materialistic endeavors. But that is the point, it is a materialistic lust. It will all disintegrate, decay, and end someday. Yet so many people waste their time and themselves trying to buy their way to the top, to make a name for themselves in ink that will fade. How many times do we hear of some person who became the most well-known person one day, only to be replaced the next day with someone else?
Yet we encourage it, we crave it. Why? Because we want the security and surety of something that sounds like it will last. Something eternal. Having our name written in stone, while forgetting that even the wind and rain will tear away at that as well.
Sadly, what most people do not realize, or want to admit, is that the only thing that is eternal is God. And along with that, the only thing we have in this life that will last after our bodies and treasures have long since decayed are our souls. Nothing in this world – no gold, big houses, fancy cars, friends in high or low places, status, et cetera – nothing is worth what our souls are worth. None of it will remain.
Our lives are precious, but they are fleeting. How much more costly are our souls that get to live for an eternity! But the real question is, where will that soul be spending its time? If you are someone who bought out the material possessions of this world, you are going to be bound to the rules of this world. And I will tell you this: he cannot grant you the peace, security, or forgiveness that you seek. On the other hand, if you return to Christ and receive His gift, you will be bound to Him, the Ruler of the Heavenly Kingdom. That is the kingdom that will last. With Him, our souls will dwell in perfect peace, contentment, joy, happiness, and the love that we all desire.
No earthly treasure can be given in exchange for that. In fact, that is why Jesus had to die for us, for only His blood could pay for the sin in our souls. How incredible is that!
Time has shown that these earthly kingdoms of sand do not last, and we do not know the last day. Why wait any longer to be freed of your chains to the ruler of this world?