September 11 2018
Good Morning Fellow Travelers,
Read: II Corinthians 4:6 – 5:10
“For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” Hebrews 13:14
We need an expanded perspective of eternity. There is a tremendous threat that we will live out our existence here in the limited confines of a one-world view. Even though our fallen natures yearn for satisfaction in this world, looking to regain the lost paradise of Eden here, we find yet a deeper desire. We cannot make sense of life without the eternal. We are built for eternity. “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” 1 Corinthians 15:19.
There is more to life than this shadow land. Without an eternal perspective, our faith is often driven dangerously close to the edge of despair. With gladness, I introduce you to Jesus Christ. He is more than a swear word. He has provided redemption through His blood. Grace and the redemption offered blow down the walls of the temporal and give us a spiritual, eternal perspective. Everything becomes new (2 Corinthians 5:17). Heaven opens.
Eternity now becomes our first and ultimate point of reference. Our accumulations and labors are now seen as resources that can influence and impact eternity. Even the tragedies of life are viewed as that which can bring eternal gain.
Oh, dear ones, are we earth bound? 2 Corinthians 4:18—“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things that are not seen.” Will we trade temporal motivation for eternal motivation? We must. These earthly tabernacles will be dissolved.
So let us let Christ break the tyranny of temporal things, the stress, and depression of sin-bound hearts. This freedom will change the way you view death (2 Corinthians 5:8). Get a passion for enduring things. Are you living here in the light of there?
– James Baer