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The Forever View

Everything we know and experience in life is temporary:

  • food and books
  • relationships and jobs
  • clothes and ipods
  • bicycles and mobile phone plans

I said everything - but really I should have said almost everything.  Consider this text:

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we 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 4:16-18

I think one of the easiest things ways to stumble as a Christian is to to confuse what is temporary with what is eternal.

If I were to be ask you the question - what in your life is temporary, and what is eternal?   You may be able to give the right technical  answer:

  • Our jobs, our houses, our cars - our material possessions - our hobbies - all of this is temporary.
  • Our relationship with God - our salvation - our standing in Christ - the love of God towards us - the people of God purchased by the blood of Jesus: these things are eternal.

But even though we can give a proper answer - our heart passions can be easily swayed, dominated, and sabotaged by these temporary things. So consider this:

When we wake up first thing in the morning - what is it that is weighing on our soul?

  • Is it God and his eternal Kingdom?
  • Is it the beauty of his Prevailing Church?
  • Is it the power of the gospel that enables us to stand unashamed?

Or is it something else - something temporary - the day's TO DO list, the bills that need to be paid, the work that needs to get done, the car that needs to be repaired, the lunch appointment that has to be kept.

In this scripture, Paul is inviting us to step into a FOREVER VIEW - a perspective of life that is dominated by the eternal, not the temporary.

It's because the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. That's why we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.

This doesn't mean that ignore the bills, the car, the job or relationships - they all have their place. But their place is in the context of a right perspective where we discern the difference between the transient and the eternal.

And it's when we are able to have this eternal perspective that we're able to say with Paul: "we do not lose heart."

It's my prayer for you that in 2013 - you'll let God build into your life this Forever View - heart passions and daily perspective focused on eternity, not the transient day to day afflictions that dominate and distract.

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