Do you have you a daily consciousness about this?

I was actually thinking of entitling this post ‘the lost sense of the eternal’, as it more accurately describes what I am trying to share. I recently took stock of much of the teaching I have heard in church over the past few years. A lot has focused on how we live our lives whilst on earth but there has been very little about the impact of how we live our lives for eternity.

Prosperity, wealth, success and all the other things that the scriptures teach are all well and good and I believe in all of that, but periodically my mind goes back to Colossians 3:2 ‘Set your heart on things above, not on things on the earth’.

If I am really honest, eternal things cross my mind only once in a while. So I was very glad that the Holy Spirit has started to awaken me to this truth. In all my years of studying the scriptures, I have never taken the time to study about eternity and yet what I do here on earth is going to have an eternal significance.

The truth is that what we do in this world has eternal consequences. Many of us habitually think and live as if there is no eternity. We tend to think the future is still far away. Yet scripture states that eternal realities should influence the character of our present life, right down to every word we speak and every action we take.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10).

Perhaps, like me, when you think of the eternal, your thoughts immediately come back to reality – our present life where we can feel, touch, hear, sense and see, now seems more real than eternity. I hope this is not an ‘unwelcome’ thought for you; one of those things that we would rather push to the back of our minds.

In his book, Money, Possessions and Eternity Randy Alcorn wrote ‘Being oblivious to eternity leaves us experts in the trivial and novices in the significant’. For me, this couldn’t be a truer statement.

Our life on earth is but ‘a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes’ (James 4:14).

As I started to study the scriptures, I was amazed by how many references there are to this life and how it shapes the one to come. The more I studied, the more I valued this teaching at this stage of my life, so I have the opportunity to influence my future whilst appreciating the fact that I can’t change the past.

The scriptures remind us that there are many rewards awaiting us for certain things we do, not to talk about crowns, but there are conditions and we will be wise to learn what those might be. Just making heaven should not be enough for us

This is not a ‘teaching’ post but a challenging one. I end with the same question that I started with – do you have a daily consciousness about this? I think it’s appropriate to close with scripture. In Matthew 6:19-24, Jesus tells us: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven”.

So until I appear again in your inbox, with more insight from the scriptures, stay blessed




About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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