“So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” [1 Corinthians 10:31]

A. W. Tozer tells of the wealthy man who devoted his life to one goal: the breeding of the perfect spotted mouse. Given a large inheritance as a young man, he was free from the normal need to make a living. He could chose to invest his life and his resources into any great cause. He chose the breeding of spotted mice. Here is Tozer’s response:

“Made in the image of God, equipped with the awesome powers of mind and soul, called to dream immortal dreams and to think the long thoughts of eternity, he chooses the breeding of a spotted mouse as his reason for existing. Invited to walk with God on earth and to dwell at last with the saints and angels in the world above, called to serve his generation by the will of God, to press with holy vigor toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, he dedicates his life to the spotted mouse-not just evenings or holidays, but his entire life. Surely this is a tragedy of the mind of Aeschylus or Shakespeare.”

That is tragedy! Created to see and savor and show and share the awesome glory of God, he wastes his life and his generous resources upon the spotted mouse. How many people are doing the same kind of thing today? Given skills and talents and money and education and freedom they spend their days on building kingdoms and bank accounts and reputations and retirements and super bowl rings…and miss out on the only pursuit that brings ultimate and eternal joy: Glorifying God by enjoying him forever! That is treasure!

“Only one life, will soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”