I encourage you to keep eternity in focus
Eternity is real; it’s an indisputable certainty awaiting every human, irrespective of culture or belief. Living for the pleasures of the moment certainly consumes our society with no thought given to the reality of eternity. While this world wishes eternity out of existence by removing it from its thinking, the child of God not only believes in eternity, but focuses their thinking on it.
God’s Word paints a spectacular picture of God in His native environment. ”For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite” (Isaiah 57:15). Our God is majestic in all His ways and so incredibly supernal in His infinite attributes that we struggle to grasp His holy enormity.
However, for the believer, we look back into eternity past to see that God “chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him” (Ephesians 1:4). There we discover God’s predetermined will for our lives, to be expressive of His holiness in our time and society.
Meaningful eternity in Purpose
Likewise, in the business of life, with all that is required of us, we should ensure that our driving motive is to “not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life” (John 6:27). Having a healthy eternal perspective motivates us to prioritise the activities of the present as investment for the future. Jesus taught this when He instructed the disciples; “I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings” (Luke 16:9). Money can and should be used with and eternal evangelistic purpose for God’s glory and man’s blessing.
As those who “have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life” (Romans 6:22). Our present walk of growing in the likeness of Christ has a definite destination, regardless of the difficulties we may have to live through; we are conquerors in Christ with the certain outcome of eternal life.
You see, the lover of Jesus Christ as Lord, evaluates life realising that their “light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).
Clarity of eternity in your vision
While the great deceiver has duped the world into thinking that the ‘here and now’ is all that exists and matters, the people of God don’t buy into it. Mankind has accepted their mortality, and ignored their spiritual and eternal souls. Sadly, disbelieving people content themselves with a meaningless ‘now’ mentality that offers zero purpose and zero security for themselves or the next generation. But not the people of God, we agree with Simon Peter, who answered Jesus “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).
Today, encourage others to focus on eternity as a refreshing and meaningful expression of the reality of Jesus Christ living in you.
Together for Christ: Lincoln Forlong www.bbf.net.nz