Set Your Eyes on Eternity
Many are surprised when young adults sacrifice their lives to carryout terror attacks in the name of Islam. But the U.S. State Department reports that ISIS posts propaganda media online constantly, which highlights themes of alienation, rejection and the rewards of dying for Islam. It is easy to forsake life in this world when you have been told you will be rewarded in another life.
What’s unfortunate is that Christians actually have the only real promise of eternal life in the only real heaven but we don’t talk about it enough. For many to move into salvation, you must focus on the blessings and promises of this life. If you are suffering from addiction or trapped in abuse, you need to grab onto what Jesus can get you out of right now. But as we walk with God and grow in the Word, we must not ignore that we are living this life but preparing for the next life in heaven.
We are all eternal beings; the choice of salvation simply dictates whether we spend eternity in heaven or hell. This life on earth is measured in time; it is just a snapshot of our eternal existence. But what we do with time, how we live this life sets us up for how we will live out eternity. We cannot ignore this or fail to highlight this in our prayers, studies and teachings.
Jesus said, “‘Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.’” (Matthew 6:19-21). You will see blessings in this life but the real treasures are being stored up for you in heaven.
That means serve with all your heart. Give with all your heart. Suffer without complaining because what matters is eternity. Whatever we have here, whatever we struggle through here is temporary but if we give, serve and keep a right spirit about things, we are building up eternal treasures for our next life.
Paul said, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
So don’t forget about eternity! It is important to our Christian identity. When life is difficult and you are battling frustration, set your eyes on eternity. It will give you the strength and motivation to keep moving forward.
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