Living With An Eternal Perspective

“Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”- 2 Corinthians 5:1 (NIV)

We live in a world where nothing is permanent. All that we value and treasure, could be swept away at a moment’s notice. Houses easily fall prey to dilapidation and destruction. Wealth can be lost as dramatically as it can be gained. Time and separation can gently break apart friendships. Even our physical existence is only temporary and death comes to us all regardless of who we are. When we have invested so much of time and energy into these things, it is natural that we feel disappointed and mourn when the time comes for them to pass. But it is important to remember that to cling onto these things reveals who is really the master of our hearts. “Where our treasure lies, there our heart will be also”.

God has promised in His Word that He is preparing a wonderful place in heaven for those who have entered into a relationship with Him. It will be a place free from strife, calamity, pain, and every evil thing. In light of this eternal hope, why do we get so worked up over the things of this fleeting life? But does this mean that we should be indifferent and apathetic to the affairs of the world? On the contrary, we serve a God of excellence and a God who wants to see the world redeemed from sin and its offspring, suffering and misery. Likewise, as His representatives through whom Christ works, our actions should reflect these qualities. Yet when the affairs of the world take control of our lives, it is then we lose sight of God and His divine plan. It is only when we look to Christ and His eternity can we be of any substantial value to world around us. May we walk closely with Christ knowing that our security rests in Him and that He will give us the strength and wisdom to live in this world with eternity in mind.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.