Placing flowers on the graves of loved ones creates opportunity for reflection. Seeing the graves of my parents, grandparents, brother, and people I’ve known during my life reminds me…
–Not to be consumed with this world: Colossians 3:1-2 says If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Let’s not be preoccupied with the mundane, earthly comforts that may motivate us. Jesus is the source of our spiritual lives & our reason for living. Jobs, vacations, events, and possessions are fine to have. But, do you live for the things in the world or for Christ Who is sitting at the right hand of God?
–The church should be mission minded: II Peter 1:8 says For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord’s divine power has given us all we need to develop spiritually. This entails using what we have to bear fruit for the kingdom. If we have escaped worldliness, we should seek to share Jesus as our knowledge increases. Are we providing excuses or results when it comes to our spiritual growth & sharing the good news? The world needs the Gospel.
We all know “time is short.” James 4:13-14 says Come now, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is you life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Visiting the cemetery taught me I should evaluate my priorities and carry out what Jesus models for us. Our life here is but a span. Do you spend your time wisely?