The Missing Link
Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
In the context of the world, mentioning ‘the missing link’ would probably lead people to ponder about the ‘possible’ fossil form between human and ape in the apparent theory of evolution. However, what I want to talk about today is of an entirely different nature and it involves each and every one of us. It goes without saying that we, as Christians and as Christ’s children, have been planted wherever we are at currently for one main purpose only, that is to live out God’s will for our lives, which certainly includes evangelism and discipleship. If we were to be really honest about it, many of us at some point in our lives might have sidetracked from this main purpose and gone down a rabbit hole or two, causing us to become too caught up in the side projects on hand, so much so that we miss the essence of our time here on Earth. When that happens, I feel that that is when we have become the missing link. Not because we have become a fossil, but because where we ought to be a link and a bridge for the lost, we have chosen to turn away from it and chase after things that can go up in smoke in the time it takes to twitch a muscle.
To make things clearer, what I am trying to get at is the fact that all of us should always keep ourselves in check regularly to see if our sight is truly aligned to God’s. Do you know that looking is not the same as seeing? Not in the least! Although both require vision, there is a world of difference between them. Looking involves the physical but what you see is spiritual and in fact, seeing changes your spiritual position and puts you in a better place to not only receive from God but to give as well. The problem lies with us just going about our daily activities looking around but never actually seeing, we only take notice of what we want to notice. Friends, the attitude with which we follow Christ is easily the next most important decision that you can make in your life, the first being the decision to accept Him as Lord and Savior. Instead of storing up treasures here on earth, I think it is really high time to shift our focus to things that go beyond physical sight and scale beyond human comprehension.
If you need examples, the Bible is bursting with them. All the great men and women in the Bible were involved in seeing and not looking. If they merely looked, would healing have come about? How about salvation, or emerging victorious in a war? All these records of miracles and victories in the Bible are resounding proof of God’s divine power meeting with the faith that every one of them had in Him. They were able to see their position in Christ and how God was working in their midst and so should we. When we look at our colleagues or friends, do we just look at them and see them as they are? Or do we see them as souls that are crying out for a Savior? Whichever the case may be before you read or listen to this devotional, I really hope you choose to make the wise decision from here on. Lastly, remember to never ever give up when the going gets tough, you may experience defeat but you must never be defeated because your definition of failure is not the same as God’s, He knows what He is doing and He will set you up for greater things as long as you desire it.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that You purposed for me to not only be a receiver of Your great love but to spread it as well. Lord, I pray that You give me brand new eyes to see, that I would not just look at all the physical things this world can offer and be enticed by them but instead, I would see through Your lens so that I would desire for the things that are truly eternal and would not fade away. Make me a light of Your love, a servant that is wholeheartedly dedicated to Your works and when there is a lack of confidence or courage in me, Father, I pray that you would grant me a heart like Joshua’s, one that is bold and courageous to carry out the plans You have for me. I pray that above all, may whatever that I do from now onwards be pleasing to Your eyes, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.