For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18
Which is more powerful, the message of the cross or the message of the good life? Which leads to a better end, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross or the pursuit of the American dream? The world thinks we are foolish for clinging to Christ. We know the world is futile for clinging to materialism. This world is not our home, and Jesus has gone to prepare for us an eternal dwelling.
If the power of God is given to us through the gospel, why do we often live as though this world held our hope? If our reward is with Christ in eternity, why do the lives of so many believers seem to show that even Christians live for this world? We hold our faith at a distance, claiming to believe the promises of God yet hedging our bets by pursuing those things the world says are our due. But we can’t have it both ways. Similar to what Jesus says, you cannot serve God and the things of the world, Matthew 6:24.
Let your life reveal your belief and trust in the promises of God. Live passionately for the glory of God, spreading his gospel wherever you go. Be committed to helping the least of these as Jesus commands in Matthew 25:31-46. If you have worldly goods, use them to the glory of God. He is your king. Your stuff will someday burn to ash but your life with God will last forever.