Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also. This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain. (Hebrews 12:26-27 NLT)
Typhoon Haiyan’s destructive force leaves us speechless. Words cannot adequately describe the storm’s impact on the Philippines, and our emotions cannot fathom the trauma the survivors are experiencing.
I especially think of those who suffered injuries that are now turning to infections. My husband was recently hospitalized with a blood infection. Without immediate IV therapy, he would have been in serious, possibly lethal, trouble. What will the outcome be for thousands in a similar medical crisis but without the treatment they need? “God, have mercy.”
This latest global tragedy reminds us that life changes quickly. Whether it be a typhoon of record magnitude, a blood infection, or anything else we don’t see coming, circumstances can turn us on our heads in a nanosecond. We can lose our homes, possessions, or health in a flash.
Yes, temporal things shake, crumble, evaporate and disintegrate but spiritual things differ. Time and tests may come and go, but spiritual things remain. Therefore—let’s invest in the latter. Let’s pour our time, talent, energy, and resources into those things that remain for eternity, specifically people’s souls.
Let’s not allow the busyness of life to hinder us from building relationships. Let’s not permit fear to keep us from reaching out to those who don’t share our views or do life as we do. Let’s not allow selfishness to blind our eyes to the needs of others and stop us from helping them in practical ways. And let’s not permit our love for the temporal to outweigh our love for people.
Let’s remember that only unshakable things—those things of a spiritual nature—will remain. Let’s live as though we believe this is true. What one action can you take today to invest in people?