Inspiration: Amounting to nothing
1 Timothy 6.7 says, “ ... we brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” This truth is apparent to anyone.
Today, we are going to look at the word “nothing” as it relates to the amounting of something. In other words, God tells us there are things we can do that in the end will amount to nothing. It is my hope that we will understand those that amount to nothing and strive to do the things which amount to glorifying God.
The first nothing we are going to look at is that without Jesus, we can do nothing! In John 15.5 we read: “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me, you can do nothing.” For you and I to be fruit producers for Christ, we must abide in Him, and He in us.
The word, “abide”, has the understanding of, as I look at it, a constant walking with. When we constantly and consistently walk with the Lord, and He with us, we produce much fruit. The idea here is that this fruit has eternal value to it.
In v.6 Jesus is talking about what happens when a person falls out of fellowship with Him and yet tries to carry on as if he or she is still abiding in Him. When you or I sin and or fellowship with the Father is broken, we start to dry up because the power we need to live effectively is gone.
The second nothing is that relicious acts minus love equals nothing! (I Cor. 13.1-3) In the absence of love, spiritual activity becomes empty ritual or self-serving in nature: We do things because that’s what we always have done; we do them for self-centered reasons; we do something for the applause of men and the value is nothing in the sight of the Lord.
Whenever we do something without love for the Lord, it results in nothing of eternal value.
The third nothing we want to understand is that Christians without a witness are worth nothing! (Matt. 5.13) Our witness/testimony is to be of such a nature that it is seen and heard by men who in turn glorify the Father who is in heaven. Jesus’ followers would be like salt in that they would create a thirst for greater information concerning what makes them salty. We are to be of such a flavor that we cause people to desire what we have!
In conclusion I want to ask a simple, yet pointed question: Have the things we have said and done this week been of eternal value or have we gone through the paces of the week and found our total for the Lord amounting to nothing?