“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10, ESV)
Everything you and I can see and touch is ultimately going to pass away. Our time, talent, and treasure from a value standpoint will expire when we do. In eternity they will do us no good. We are forced to spend and use them while we are here on this side of eternity. We are like the shopper who has won a contest and is allowed to buy as many groceries as she can within a short period of time. When the time expires, the shopping spree ends.
Our worldly wealth is going to perish like everything else. The Bible tells us:
They will throw their silver into the streets,
And their gold will be like refuse;
Their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them
In the day of the wrath of the Lord;
They will not satisfy their souls,
Nor fill their stomachs,
Because it became their stumbling block of iniquity.
—Ezekiel 7:19, NKJV
However, although all worldly wealth is going to perish, the Bible tells us that the Word of God will never pass away, and we also know that the soul of each person is going to exist forever in either heaven or hell. This is good news; we have the opportunity to make a difference beyond this perishing world!
Jesus said, “Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home” (Luke 16:9, NLT). I believe this is the Converterlator in action, investing in what counts for eternity. We are fishers of people, saving them from perishing and preparing them for new life in this world and a life in the imperishable world of eternity. We are making friends for eternity by converterlating our temporary, perishing time, talent, and treasure into eternal value!
We are talking about eternity here, and it is important we try to understand what is at stake. In KingdomNomics we are concerned with the brevity of life. The Bible itself comments extensively on life and how short it is. One verse that sums up this thought is, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14, NIV). We need to be busy converterlating the perishable into the imperishable before time expires. We want to be active Converterlators before the opportunity to do so vanishes!
Honestly, what are the perishable things in your life that are receiving your time, talent, and treasure?
Link to Chapter 2 of Converterlator “From Perishable to Imperishable” and/or article “From Perishable to Imperishable” under Supernatural Impact