They Just Don’t Make Things Like They Used To


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They Just Don't Make Things Like They Used To

Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.” – Isaiah 51:6

What have you had to replace recently?

I was talking with an A/C repair guy a few months ago. One of the questions I asked him was how long A/C units are supposed to last. He told me units used to easily last 15-20+ years. These days, however, you’re lucky to get 15 years out of a unit.

They just don’t make them like they used to.

You’ve probably heard that phrase before. It seems to be the case with so many things these days.

Have you ever thought that about the earth or the heavens?

Look up at the sky. Take a long look at the stars. One day they will be gone. Look at the earth beneath your feet. It too will be destroyed. Look all around you. The cars, the buildings, and even the people will all decay. If you are young, just ask one of your more seasoned friends. These bodies of ours start to fall apart after a while. That’s what sin does to things.

The earth and heavens won’t last, but one day they will.

God’s righteousness will not fail nor will His salvation. One day, the dead will be raised and those Christians still alive will join the Lord in the sky as He returns and judges all people. Then, those who are in Christ, will be given new bodies that will not get sick and will never die or decay.

God will create a new heaven and a new earth.

There will be no sin and no death, only peace, life, and righteousness. This heaven and earth as well as our new bodies will be made to last, not for 15-20 years or even 1500-2000 years, but for all time…for eternity.

So, focus on that which is eternal.

It makes no sense to invest all your time and energy in things that will only last a short time. Invest your time and energy on things that will last into eternity.

Heavenly Father,

Open my eyes to the temporary nature of all that is around me and draw me towards that which is eternal, love, the Gospel, and all those who will receive the Gospel. Also, guard me against despairing over the inevitable fact that all the earthly things around me, even my own body, will fall apart. Instead, focus my mind on Your sure promise of eternal life and a new heaven and new earth.

Amen.

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Kurt

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