Sooner or later everyone is faced with the absolute certainty that mortal life will end. Indeed, life is a constantly evolving process that will culminate in an ultimate experience that ushers existence into a new reality called eternity. A natural phenomenon of life-experience and awareness of conscious life is continually developing and ending simultaneously. This experience is a non-tangible present reality that is happening, as we experience it each waking moment of life. One of the important certainties that we quite often lose touch with is that every experience of life is the staging ground for an eternity that is yet unrealized. Something that needs to be considered is looking at life with the view that God has from now into eternity.
What a Spiritual Life of Purpose Looks Like From God’s Perspective.
“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good” (Romans 8:26-28, The Message).
A Spiritual Reality is That We Really Do Not Understand, But He is at Work.
Many people tend to hold a view of life that has a deeply embedded belief that the experience of today is fixed, set, and the expectation that life will always look as it does today brings disappointment when it is disconnected from a spiritual life. At the same time, a faulty perspective of life built around present experience tends to cause acceptance of the comfort or pain of the moment as a normal expectation in life. The reality of a life of surrender to a sovereign God is within the struggle. Therefore, in the process, He hears our groans and struggles and works to make sense of something that is so confusing to comprehend in our humanity.
Tragically, without spiritual transformation an existence is constructed where hope is absent for anything in life better than present experiences, i.e., what is presently seen. This type of perspective limits life to a purpose built on present or upon negative experience instead of eternal purpose designed by God. Therefore, the reality, pain, or joy of the moment constantly acquiesces to expectation set by an event, experience, or impression from a millisecond instead of purpose driven by a firm faith and hope of the Spirit of God who is working out an eternal purpose through us in our experiences.
God’s Perspective About Earthly, Fleshly, Soulish People Who are Governed By Passions of the Present Instead of Focus Upon the Eternal.
“they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. (Philippians 3:19b-20 NLT)
The indicative message is that a relationship with God that think about life with a different goal in mind that earthly minded people. “God says His children are think differently about life from the way unbelievers do” (Rick Warren, 2002).
Unfortunately, mortal human beings tend to look at life like a picture of a moment recording only a solitary moment, not the larger picture. It is a just a still frame expressing life captured in an immobile fixed moment of the present, which many people internalize and script expectations, hope, and dreams apart from an eternal purpose that is set in the mind of God to always work into something good for those who He has called. Therefore, the present becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy that predicts our future and limit our potential to the beliefs held about present realities. Consequently, the unrealized potential of a future that God has written upon our hearts and lives cannot come to fruition because we are trapped in the prison of the present and has no pathway to the future.
Gaining God’s Perspective Reduces The Anxiety of the Moment and Releases us to See the Process of Becoming God’s Unique Creation.
In the flurry of our daily crisis, an important reality that is not being processed into our temporal experience is that life is quickly passing us by at such a rapid rate of speed that we do not realize that eternity is just a step ahead. It is true that we shall soon enter eternity, sooner than we realize, through God’s grace into a life prepared for God’s children.. Unfortunately, human beings have to learn the value of eternity and God’s purpose through the broken experiences in life before they get a glimpse of eternity. It is when, something happens that turns life upside down, changes the way life is experienced, and shatters our expectations that we are forced to re-evaluate life with a view that is finite. A fortunate value of a crisis is that it is an opportunity exercise faith and to put our trust in God to discover that God is using this present experience to develop a character that is pure, a trust that is firm, and a perspective that values the moment. It is an awakening, a moment of revelation about life and experience that tells us in a still small voice that God’s hand is developing His eternal purpose in us. Consequently, there comes an undeniable and inevitable movement to life that it is so subtle that we may not even realize, in the present moment that life has changed, God has spoken, and nothing will ever be the same since you began reading this article.
We often lose touch with the reality that life is a process of development with periods of time that possess life span experiences, which eventually catch up with no matter how much we dislike it. As we progress and age, things like our vision grows dim, the body wrinkles, sickness comes and one day all of the things that we have known in the life through momentary experiences will be absorbed into eternity. Through the experiences of life, we learn that life is just a temporary assignment that could change any moment; then suddenly we will be faced with life developments that are natural and normal in the human experience of life. The unfortunate reality that many of us have difficulty realizing is that the way that the way we look at life today is not what life will always be and we hang on to the moment in hope that it will never end, but it will and it does. Then what should we do?
Think About What The Psalmist Said:
“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered—
how fleeting my life is” (Psalm 39:4; New Living Translation).
A life lesson that stands out from the psalmist is that life on earth is brief: therefore we d we need to be reminded that every day life is a wonder of existence. It is a divinely given opportunity to exercise effective stewardship and use the opportunity to live by eternal purpose, instead of extraneous circumstances. While in the moment, the reality that life is slipping through our fingers like the sands of time is an well hidden that must be understood to gain an effective life of purposeful living and being the person that God created us to be. What we invest our time in does matter now and will matter more once we enter into eternity. The question the psalmist asks of God reminds us that mortality means that there are a limited number of days to live and to use in preparation for eternity. Reading the words written, it seems that the psalmist is concerned that life should be invested in things that really matter, things of significance, and that will affect eternal existence in positive and meaningful ways.
Here Is Another Request From The Psalmist That Relates To Eternity:
“I am here on earth for just a little while; do not hide your commands from me” (Psalms 119:19 Good News Translation)
A principle that resonates from the words that relate to God’s eternal purpose is the reality that we must make the best of our lives, while you have life to live because we are here for such a short period of time. What stands out here is that we should not get too attached to anything in this life because it will soon be gone. An important point to grasp here is that we need to see life, particularly our life as God sees it, looking at life from God’s perspective. “Our identity is in eternity and our homeland is heaven” (Rick Warren, 2002).
Remember that there is a solitary principle that stands out in being who God designed us to be: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever” (The Baptist Catechism). The profound spiritual truth is that we must organize our lives by
keeping first things first. Because life, as we know it, is is not all that there is; it drives home the point that life will not end at the termination of physical life. What the message of God says to us is that we are made to last forever. Therefore, how we invest our life here and now is life is preparation for the next. Consequently, when you live our lives in the shadow of this life and the light of eternity, your values change about how to be who God created you to be.
God Gives us the Affirmation to Embrace our Purpose with a View of the Future in Sight by Faith.
“ So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV).
We can capitulate to life or live life in hope of what God has prepared and realize that eternity offers only two choices: heaven or hell. The message is that we are living in the light of eternity, which is a powerful concept taught throughout the Bible. That teaches aa poignant lesson, we should live each day so that if it were the last day of our lives, we would be ready for eternity. An important facet of being who God created us to be is that there are eternal consequences to everything to do on earth.
Listen to the Words of Solomon: Cherish Life and Use it in the Light of Etenity...
You who are young, make the most of your youth.
Relish your youthful vigor.
Follow the impulses of your heart.
If something looks good to you, pursue it.
But know also that not just anything goes;
You have to answer to God for every last bit of it.
(Ecclesiates. 11:9, The Message).
An important application to be made is that we will be rewarded for our faithfulness on earth and reassigned to do work that we will enjoy doing. We won’t lie around on clouds with halos playing harps! God has a purpose for your life on earth, but it doesn’t end here.Yes, I must serve God in my generation, but my service here is preparation for greater service to come because I was made for eternity.
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