|A 30-DAY GUIDE FOR NEW BELIEVERS
by JOHN D. BECKETT
|DAY 24||AN ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE|
|How do I keep my focus on that which is lasting and most important?
It is hard for us, when we are studying for an exam, changing the baby’s diaper or closing a business deal, to give much thought to eternity. Most of the time, our focus is on doing the next thing — that which is right before us.
But King Solomon, to whom God gave great wisdom, said, “[God] has also set eternity in the hearts of men” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV). That is why, even in the press of the daily round, something deep within us calls out to understand the eternal — that which is lasting and most important. (This yearning, by the way, is evident in the search questions that have prompted people to read this study, such as “What is there after this life?”)
Our window into the eternal dimension is through the Bible. (By the way, I would question any source, other than the Bible, that says it knows what eternity is like, or what the future holds.) Jesus described eternal life this way: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).
The scriptures assert that the promise of eternity is as certain as the reality of this life. When Jesus said, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV), He was affirming a direct and immutable link between believing and eternity. When we give ourselves to Jesus, He joyfully and emphatically opens the way for us to be with Him forever. Eternity profoundly impacts our lives here on earth and on into the next life — life after death.
Our intimate and timeless unity with our Lord and our God is so wonderful, it infinitely overwhelms any price that is paid or any suffering that is endured in this life — even life itself! Eternity, including the next life, is what we were designed for, a truth the Apostle Paul embraced:
If you have such a perspective — an eternal perspective — it will be your mainspring of true hope, giving you the stamina to persevere, whatever the trial. Paul said: ” … tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5: 3,4).
However rewarding or challenging your day-to-day life is, by comparison to God’s eternal purpose for us, it is but a moment, a vapor. Thank God that His plan for you is so much larger, so much more extraordinary than you can ever possibly imagine. He has, indeed, set eternity in your heart and will take infinite care that your deepest longings will be eternally fulfilled.
|Key Scripture||Lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:24).|
|Key Thought||I have been designed for eternity.|
|Copyright © 2006 by John D. Beckett|
To keep my focus on that which is lasting and most important I have to try my best to remember that wherever I go, He is with me. Additionally, by staying in His Word, learning more, prayer, building a closer relationship, and helping me to trust more. I know that He is carrying me through this life on earth, helping me to succeed as He wills.
Filed under: Back to Basics, Next Steps, Prayer, Salvation | Tagged: Ecclesiastes 3:11, Ephesians 2:6 & 7, eternal perspective, eternity, John 17:3, John 3:16, Philippians 3:20 & 21, Psalm 139:24, Romans 5: 3 & 4, Trust |