Destination Irrelevance

| October 10, 2014

destinationALL ABOARD!  THE TRAIN IS LEAVING AND IT’S STANDING ROOM ONLY!  Irrelevance is a popular destination with this business class; that’s located halfway between Insignificant and Inconsequential.  On this train, you will surely enjoy the ride as you sit shoulder to shoulder with all of the powerful people.  You can bet that the people in the aisle seats will be typing away on their smartphones, while the people with the window seats marvel at the view.  There are all sorts of new cars parked in the driveways of fancy houses as you approach the town.  These are the trophies of the hard-fought battles and the rewards for endless hours of pounding the rock.  As you pull into the station and step off the train, you can’t help but think, “It doesn’t get any better than this!”

Sadly, for a lot of business leaders, it really doesn’t get any better.  Somewhere along the way, the lure of pursuing earthly treasures causes many people with good intentions to arrive at unintended destinations of irrelevance.  God’s Word cautions us in Matthew 6:19 (NIV), “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves can break in and steal.”  With all of the world’s trappings, from things that make us feel good to things that give us credibility and stature, it’s easy to get caught up in it all and head in the wrong direction.

Let’s break down the verse and get a better perspective.  In the first part of the verse, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,” we discover that it’s not about storing up treasures, but about where we store them.  We can interpret from this verse that we are to store our treasures in Heaven.  The second part of the verse, “where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves can break in and steal,” also reveals the type of treasures we are to invest in – treasures which are beyond loss.  This would include eternal rewards for Kingdom work and giving, and for leading others to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Will the things that we invest in stand the test of time?  As responsible stewards of God’s resources, we have to constantly evaluate our decision-making processes and ask ourselves the following question: Are my efforts making a positive impact on the Kingdom or will they be rendered insignificant in the final analysis?  The key to understanding good stewardship starts with acknowledging that everything belongs to God.  Whether our resources are plentiful or limited, we will someday be judged on our faithfulness with what we have been given.  Jesus said: “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.  So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?  And if you have not been trustworthy, with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?” (Luke 16:10-12, NIV)

What we do with our resources reveals a lot about the condition of our heart and the direction we are headed.  Will we find ourselves on a train to Irrelevance?  Or will we be focusing on God and what eternally matters?  How important will our money be to the One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills?  There is a little known destination located just a change of heart away called “Significance,” which is where God desires us to be.

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John Faulkner is the founded of Cornerstone Solutions Group, one of the largest full-service landscape and construction companies in the Southeast. He works with many Christian business owners, helping them solidify vision, strengthen culture and become more Kingdom-minded in the pursuit of their goals. He has established Two Ten Magazine to promote Christian principles in business.