Thursday, April 8, 2010

Not on what is seen... but what is unseen

We always think about what's next. The world bombards us with questions about our future, but only our future here on earth. Most people don't what to focus on the eternal, but as Christians, that should be how we measure every decision we make.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (New International Version)

17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

I have to say that my focus is primarily fixed on my life here on earth. It's difficult for me to look past this small dot of time because right now, it seems like a pretty large dot of time.

Most of the time I don't wake up and think "hmm, maybe I will die today!" it's not really the kind of attitude I enjoy having. And I'm not saying that is how we should look at life. But we should be paying more attention on eternal things.

Mark 13:32-37 (New International Version)
32"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

35"Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!' "

Only God knows when us as believers will be taken up into heaven. I have no idea when Jesus will come back for us, but I do know that our world is quickly turning farther and farther from Him. People do not love God, and when you are not for Him, you are against Him.

Hebrews 11:13-16 (New International Version)
13All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

All those people (being Abraham, Moses, Noah and many more) lived by faith. They lived with their focus on the eternal, just waiting for God to take them home so they could receive their real reward. This world is not our lasting home! It is temporary. And a very short amount of time compared to the vastness of eternity. We will live forever and ever in eternity with Jesus. Can you even imagine? I can't wrap my brain around the fact that it is forever. Nothing that I know on the earth is eternal. Nothing. But our hope and salvation is everlasting! Take joy in that fact! Live your life focused on the unseen. Don't ever forget what we are living for. And don't forget the job you have to reach other for Christ. Because we do not know when Jesus will come back, we always need to be sharing the good news of Jesus with others! If Jesus came back right now, I know people who would go to hell because they do not have Jesus in their heart. When your focus is on the eternal, it doesn't matter how weird people may think you are, you will be unashamed to tell other about Christ. Live like no one else lives-with your focus on the eternal, so you can live like no one else when you get to heaven!

Love in Christ,


Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed this-Thanks!
It helped reset my focus. = )

Julia Lynne♥ said...

I really enjoyed this post. It was funny because I'm currently reading 2nd Corinthians and that was one of the verses I was reading. <3 I struggle with fixing my eyes on worldly things, but the LORD is truly eternal and flawless. God Bless!

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