And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.

1 John 2: 17


There is this dream that comes to me from time to time; in it I am holding onto something that I know to be very valuable and particularly precious. Now mind you, in the way of dreams, I can’t tell you what it is, but I absolutely know that it is irreplaceable and has value that I can’t afford to waste. Yet, as the dream goes on, the object becomes harder and harder to continue to hold, for the harder I work to hold onto it, the less tangible it becomes. My elusive prize also seems to always be in motion, as if propelled by a motor, and its movement is always away from me.


The futility and the frustration of this chase are like the way that life goes when the things that we are seeking are the treasures of this world. At times it seems like we have it all figured out and are finally out in front of everything that might come our way. Then, it all starts to slip away as our stocks take a dive, the job of a lifetime goes bad, health turns to disease, or our judgment and integrity become compromised. Then the tangible becomes vaporous and we are mocked by the things and the people that we counted on as reliable.


Still, there is solid ground to be found and a permanent form of truth that can be counted on in even the hardest of situations. Christ provides us with His understanding of what is truly valuable, and He leads anyone who seeks Him into an ever-growing understanding of the righteous prize that will never fail or slip away. When we seek the Lord and pursue His will for our day, we are agreeing with Christ to live in His new world of righteousness. It is here that the elusive becomes tangible. When we choose to dwell in the presence of our lord, our hands will be filled with His eternal riches.