Our church building was recently damaged in a tornado that hit Norman. Many homes and businesses suffered damage. Despite all of the physical damage from the storm, our community and church were blessed in that there were no serious injuries or fatalities. This storm like other life events serves as a reminder of what is really important in life.
Life has a way of reshaping our priorities. Life has a way of grabbing hold of us by the shirt and getting our attention. The birth of a child can wake us up to what’s most important. An illness can also remind us of what really matters in life. Going through a storm can also open our eyes to eternal things. I want to share two lessons I’ve been reminded of from our recent storm.
One valuable lesson reaffirmed by our recent storm is that eternal things are more important than physical things. In Matthew 6:33 Jesus says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” Life basically comes down to a simple choice. We can devote our lives to building our personal, physical kingdom which won’t last or endure…or we can devote our lives to building God’s spiritual kingdom which is eternal. It’s amazing how fast physical things can be taken away. A building that took years to build can be destroyed in seconds by a fierce wind. A healthy body can be ravaged by the effects of horrible diseases such as cancer and diabetes. The physical is temporary. The spiritual is eternal. Spend a few minutes reading 2 Corinthians 4 & 5. Paul is reminding Christians at Corinth about the important things in life. We also need this same reminder.
Another important lesson I’ve seen in action once again is that we can accomplish great things together as God’s people. The day after the storm I drove up to our building and I saw some disturbing and disheartening scenes. Many trees were uprooted and destroyed. Some had landed on homes causing tremendous damage. Part of the roof over our building was now lying in our neighbor’s yard. No one wants to see sights like this. In the midst of all this destruction, I also witnessed an uplifting and encouraging image. When I reached our building, I saw a group of Christians rallying together to serve God and others. Jesus’ words in Matthew 22:36-40 were in action. God was being served. Our neighbors were being served. You are never more like Jesus than when you serve others. Jesus lived the life of a servant. He calls us to follow in His footsteps. We can accomplish great things for God when we embrace the life of a servant. We have a great mission to complete for God. There is a lost and dying world at our doorstep that needs Jesus. We show the world Jesus when we serve them.
Life has a way of reminding us of what’s really important. There’s nothing more important than salvation. Take time this week to introduce someone to the one who saves!