Eternity is forever, but we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. Our time is consumed with planning out schedules, thinking about the here and now. It’s almost as if we know our destination is set for Heaven so we don’t have to think about it anymore, but what about those who haven’t yet come to the Lord? When is the last time you spent any time thinking about their eternity?
Colossians 3:2-3 (ESV) Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Philippians 3:20 (ESV) But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
The reality of heaven is something we should keep in our mind’s eye at all times. After all, when we give our hearts to Jesus our citizenship is transferred to Heaven. Our real lives are with Christ so our minds should be constantly dwelling upon such things.
I’ve never done extensive traveling, but I have taken a few missions trips and normally they are around 10 days or so. Something happens when we are away from home for too long. We begin to miss it. We think about all the things we want to do, food we want to eat, we become homesick.
Are you homesick? Or do we still find ourselves identifying with the wants of earthly pleasure? Too often we still think of our lives NOW as our HOME, but really our home is HEAVEN and our desires should be to see Heaven come to earth.
Matthew 6:10 (ESV) Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Do our prayer lives reflect a passion for the will of Heaven to be done in our everyday lives? Our priorities must shift from being concerned with our lunch plans for next week (although I will have lunch plans next week as I love to eat), to being consumed with God’s will being done on earth.
It is no small thing to live with eternity in mind. It changes everything. Life is not only about our eternal destination, but the reality that everyone has an eternal destination.
Tragically for many that destination is currently headed toward an eternity apart from God in the lake of fire. That reality should awaken something inside of us. God does not desire that anyone perish.
2 Peter 3:9 (ESV) The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
I do believe we are living in perilous times and that the Lord is coming soon, but God is patient! It His love that causes His hand to move slowly. He longs for all to hear His call and to come to Him in repentance. I have no doubt His love has delayed His judgement, but He will not delay forever.
We must not lose sight of those who do not yet know Jesus. We must make every effort to spread the truth of Jesus. As a follower of Christ we must also take up the mission of Christ to win souls for Heaven. Jesus came to reconcile humanity with the Father.
The decisions we make now will ripple into eternity. Let us remember eternity is not just for the believer, but for all. Let us pray that all would come to the saving knowledge of Jesus. Let us pray that all would hear the truth and respond with humble repentance.
Let us live with eternity in mind.