We all like to think our life is the center of the everything. We don’t give voice to these thoughts, but we do tend to think of our life as outlasting everyone else’s. The reality, however, is that not one life that has ever existed on earth is truly lasting.
Psalm 39:4-5 (NLT) “ LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.”
Eternity is a difficult concept to understand, in fact it’s impossible to fully grasp by our finite minds. We each have a clearly defined beginning and death is a certainty. Our time here on earth will end.
Our numbered days do have a number and each one of them is valuable. I look back on how I chose to spend some of those days and I realize, I wasted them on things that have no lasting value.
Eternity is a different beast. It has no beginning. There is no ending. Praise God that because of Jesus’ precious sacrifice on the cross that we will pass into eternity with joy into the presence of God.
The scripture said our life is but a single breath to God. In the scheme of eternity our life is like a single dot on a line that stretches endlessly in either direction.
How often do we make all of our decisions based on what will benefit the dot? We have this natural inclination to make decisions to benefit our life here on earth when our real life has barely begun.
Colossians 3:3 (NKJV) For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Philippians 3:20 (NLT) But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.
I would challenge you today to examine what factors you consider in your decision making process. Are you deciding how to spend your time and resources based on self fulfillment? That is the natural way of doing things, but should live each day based on how it will affect our eternity.
I am reminded of the fact that all our gain on earth has zero eternal value. The only thing we can take with us to Heaven is other people. If anything could be said of my life when it is done, I hope it is that I did everything I could do to populate Heaven.
When we were saved we were radically and gloriously transformed and added to the Kingdom of God. Let’s put aside our old life and get to work further building the Kingdom.