Typically, we think of monuments as things to see…
Destinations that we put on a bucket list and hope to check off someday.
The Eiffel Tower.
The Statue of Liberty.
All of these monuments were built by people.
All of them represent years of sacrifice and hard work.
All of them remain standing years after they were completed.
But, they won’t last forever…
What if we thought of monuments as people rather than as things?
For a little over three years while he was on the earth, Jesus invested in people.
Crowds often followed him.
But, it was his closest friends that he spent the most time with…the ones that we know as the twelve apostles…that would eventually spark the birth of Christianity.
Think about Jesus’ closest friends (especially Peter, James, & John) as his monuments.
Now think about this…
Today, over two billion people world-wide identify themselves as “Christian” for religious purposes.
What started with a relatively small number of people that believed in and followed Jesus has grown into the largest religion in the world today.
And, all Christians—past, present, and future—are really “monuments” of Jesus’ original investment in those twelve guys.
What are your monuments?
What are you investing in?
Are they things that will eventually wear out and fade away?
Or, are they people who you can make a difference in for eternity?
Building into the lives of people is the best investment you can make…these are the monuments that are worth leaving behind.
Who will you invest in today?
19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matthew 6:19-21) (NLT)