We worry about the coins in our pocket, while heaven has streets of gold. “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth… And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass” (Revelation 21:1,21).
So long as your mind is founded on the temporal, the eternal will make no sense to you at all.
Your life on earth is the down payment on eternity.
Act as though you are in heaven, because you are of heaven. “For our citizenship is in heaven…” (Philippians 3:20).
You can never keep the temporary and you will never lose the eternal.
You are made for heaven. “…He has put eternity in their hearts…” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
If we would only see life through the lenses of eternity, we would not be so consumed by the meaningless.
Decisions made with eternity in mind never trade the foolishness of the now for the wisdom of forever.
The world and all its problems will disappear, but the Lord and His saints will live forever. The Lord Jesus said, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever…” (John 6:51).
Temporary versus the Eternal
If we spent half as much time thinking eternally as we think on the temporary, we would be spiritual giants.
Temporary is the thief of the eternal.
Think temporal and always be empty or think eternally and never lack. “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2).
The temporary competes with the eternal. The natural opposes the spiritual. The darkness stands in contrast to the light.
As long as you hold onto things, He cannot be your everything. It is easy to let go, until it is something truly dear to you. Let go anyway. Eternal returns always trump temporal claims.
The world can only argue with temporal grounds against eternal truths.
The “here and now” competes with the “always and forever”. Invest yourself eternally. “And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life” (1 John 2:25).
Where you focus most reveals what matters most.
The things you grab hold of in the natural will soon pass away. the things you grab hold of in the spiritual will carry on for all of eternity. Hold tightest to those things you will never lose.
Don’t live for the moment, live for eternity. “…take hold of the eternal life to which you were called…” (1 Timothy 6:12).
You will have to live with yourself forever, so make decisions knowing this.
Let all you do be in the light of eternity and not in the darkness of this world.
It is good that you know Jesus, but your eternity rests on if He knows you. There is nothing more important in your faith, but that you would be rightly related to the Lord Jesus. Get that right and everything else will fall into place.
How you spend your time reflects what you value most. You are either investing time into eternity or squandering time over the empty promises of this world. “Thus says the LORD, ‘What injustice did your fathers find in Me, that they went far from Me and walked after emptiness and became empty?’” (Jeremiah 2:5 NASB).
Weigh your decisions on the eternal scale.
The purposes of God are never limited by the timelines of man. Eternal longings require eternal purposes.
View the temporal through the lens of eternity. The world clamors for the things of now. They invest everything into pleasing a flesh that will rot. All they desire will be gone. Desire higher that you might reach for the heavens.
In the temporal are corpses chasing emptiness hoping for one last pleasure. But you, clamor for eternal things. Seek His pleasures to your spirit forevermore. “For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” (Galatians 6:8).
Invest in the now and lose forever, or invest in forever and have nothing to lose.
The world says he who dies with the most toys wins. Jesus said, he who dies to himself wins his life.
In the end all the world brings is death. Death is not winning. With God, there will be no end.
When you walk in the eternal, the temporary loses power over you. “And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17).
Lord, take away from me the desire to grow and to gather in this world. Replace it I pray, with the desire to grow and to gather for Your kingdom. The one is for but a breath, the other is for eternity.
It is when we get to heaven that we will realize what has the most value, and so we will only use gold as pavement for our streets.
Blessings to you,
All Scripture is in red and uses the NKJV (New King James Version) translation unless otherwise noted.