The great king Nebuchadnezzar had a dream: Daniel appropriately called it "awesome." (Daniel 2:31)
It was a statue with a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, and feet of iron and clay. Notice the depreciation of value as we go from head to toe. The vision represented the kingdoms of the world and how they would all come crashing down when struck and give way to the established kingdom of Christ one day.
Nothing left. All the gold, silver, bronze, iron and clay will be crushed and blown away like dust. Similar to the kingdoms who’s footing is not secure are all those whose hopes, dreams and investments are in the things of this world, things that are temporal in value and unsecure in their future. One day (and it could be any day, including today) the stone will be cast as Jesus steps forward to call His people home.
What then will you have to show? There is an old saying that goes like this: "One life will soon be passed. Only what is done for Christ will last." Notice how Daniel (at every opportunity) pointed a great king to the greater King, and when he did the great king responded, "Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him." (Daniel 2:46)
Let’s be sure our footing and our focus are firmly placed on the promise of the greater king so that we, too, will last!
Dr. William Burnham is pastor of Point of Grace Church in Covington. He can be reached at email@example.com.