“Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.”–Psalm 73:23-26
What are our desires? What do we wish for and crave? If we’re being honest here, I often find myself so swept up in this Earth that I forget the kingdom of God. I have a friend who uses the term “kingdom-minded” to denote a mind and heart focused on the kingdom of the Lord. I love that. I think, at least in my life, one of the biggest tactics the enemy uses is distraction. I’m so busy with school and work and people and activities that a week flies by and I realize I’ve barely spent any moments sitting still at my Savior’s throne. As I think about all this, a poem I memorized for school ages ago keeps popping up in my mind. It’s called Ozymandius and is by Percy Bysshe Shelley:
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
‘Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
Without going into full poetry analysis mode, sometimes I can be like a mini-Ozymandius. I’m so consumed with things on this Earth that I forget it’ll all fade away one day. I’m so worried about doing things all the time that I forget to simply be at the feet of my King and Savior Jesus. Which is more productive in the long run? One day, each of us will stand before the throne of the Living God. And in those moments, I seriously doubt we’ll be focused on how many workouts we got in, our straight A grades, that we got into that top school, how many people complimented us…those things are all going to fly away. What will matter? What will last? Let’s think on these questions, ask God to show us his truth, and dig into his Word this week as we learn to be kingdom-minded people.