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None of Them Matter
Bible study on faithfulness.

People in the world think a lot of things are important. But if we aren't faithful children of God when we die, none of them matter. Like Solomon says, "'Vanity of vanities', says the Preacher, 'Vanity of vanities! All is vanity'" (Ec. 1:2).

People in the world think getting a good education is important, but the best education in the world is a waste of time if we spend eternity in hell.

  • "For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe" (1 Cor. 1:18).

When we've been in eternity millions of years, whether in heaven or hell, school won't matter. School is something that helps us while living on earth, and makes no difference when we die.

It doesn't matter if we got an "A" or a "B" or whether we passed or failed.

After we die, school won't matter. All that matters is whether we are faithful children of God.

People in the world also think it's important to have a certain kind of job, preferably one that other people esteem.

It's nice to have a profession that's respected, and a job by which we make a difference in the world.

But after we die, it doesn't matter. We won't go to heaven based on the job we worked, and I don't imagine anyone will even care.

In eternity, a person who was a CEO and a person who was the lowliest of employees are equal.

All that matters is whether we are faithful children of God.

People in the world think it's important to come from the right family, and raise children who meet certain worldly standards.

If our kids do well in school, score high on certain tests, go to prestigious schools, and run around with other popular kids, we're thought to be successful as parents.

But none of that really matters.

We aren't going to get into heaven based on who our parents were, or what our kids scored on a test.

All that matters is that we're obeying God, and have a home in heaven.

Money and Possessions
Most things in the world come back to money and possessions. But ironically, from a worldly point of view, God has chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom (Jas. 2:25).

Why do we go to school or work in a certain profession? It's often because of money, and the possessions we can provide for ourselves with money.

The apostle Paul says, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows" (1 Tim. 6:10).

The key difference between faithful Christians and people of the world is that we love God, rather than money and possessions. We are content with whatever God blesses us with, whether wealth or poverty.

  • "'Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?'" . . . "'But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you'" (Matt. 6:25, 33).
  • "Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Phil. 4:11-13).

Money and possessions don't matter. We can neither buy our way into heaven, nor give God anything to let us in. All that matters is obeying God.

  • "Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul'" (Matt. 16:24-26)?

People in the world think a lot of things are important. But if we aren't faithful children of God when we die, none of them matter.

"The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil" (Ec. 12:13-14).