An Eternal Perspective

Posted: June 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

Cemetery_in_sunset_FotorI attended a very emotional memorial service yesterday as hundreds of young people said goodbye to their dear friend who would have turned 22 in a month. Losing a loved one is never easy, but to lose someone so young, under such tragic circumstances only compounds the pain. Still, there is grace even in death as it forces us to do something we rarely ever do… think about eternity.

You see, there is a constant need in each of our lives, especially for those who are young, to look beyond ourselves in order to gain an eternal perspective. The problem is that we continually get weighed down in our sin, discouraged by our struggles and numbed into complacency by the dreariness of daily life. As such, we need to fight to look beyond our present circumstance to remember that eternity waits for each of us.

This is especially true for those of us who by God’s grace have committed our lives to Christ. As Christians we are commanded to “look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18 ESV)

Here then is what Dr. Sam Storms has to say about this in his book One Thing

Not everyone thinks it helpful to focus on the future. They’ve bought into the old adage that people who do are “so heavenly minded they’re of no earthly good.” On the contrary, I’m persuaded that we will never be of much use in this life until we’ve developed a healthy obsession with the next. Our only hope for satisfaction of soul and joy of heart in this life comes from looking intently at what we can’t see. Therefore, we must take steps to cultivate and intensify in our souls an ache for the beauty of the age to come.

A contemplative focus on the beauty of heaven:

1. Frees us from excessive dependence upon earthly wealth and comfort.

2. Enables us to respond appropriately to the injustices of this life.

3. Produces the fruit of endurance and perseverance now.

4. Exerts a purifying power on the heart.

5. Teaches us about the essence of true religion.

 

If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4 ESV)

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