We are eternal beings. Yes, our lives are grounded in eternity. That realization made the early followers of Jesus bold and adventurous. It kept them from cowering in the hands of the Romans and the mouths of lions. It kept them from running from Pharisaical zealots and savage stonings. It motivated Paul, after having been dragged out of one city and left for dead, to get back up and walk into the same city with a powerful message. It inspired Stephen to proclaim the risen Jesus with His dying breath. It made the church an in-your-face contradiction to the reigning culture.
We need such boldness today, don’t we? The power of eternity will cause us to be unmoved in our faith and trust in God in the face of the world’s fickle opinions. It will give us perspective. And as they say, perspective is everything.
Think about the influence of an eternal perspective. It won’t let us write off relationships as insignificant; they have “forever” implications. It won’t let us be indifferent to our responsibilities; we will be accountable in judgment. It won’t let us interpret our trials as defeats; they never last as long as our lives do. It won’t let us spend our resources of time, money, and talents frivolously; they are opportunities for everlasting investments. And, perhaps most profoundly, it won’t let us live in fear of death; the wages of sin have been dealt with, and We Have Nothing To Fear when this body wastes away. We are more secure than the mountains and the seas. Our feet are planted in imperishable ground.
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Knowing that – really knowing it deep down inside – will transform a neurotic, fearful soul into a powerful, courageous servant of The Most High King. It will drive us to live our adventures with meaning and purpose.
Let us learn to live with the perspective of eternity. Let us be faithful in this world, but crave the day this temporal dwelling is shed for heavenly glory. That craving ought to shape everything we do. The power of an eternal perspective changes lives – beginning with our own. So, let our gaze upon God be like flint and remain stay strong! Agree?!
Have a fearless weekend. Make it better by worshiping The Lord with those who live with an eternal perspective in all that they do, and it shows in their great hope and courage, especially under pressure.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)