Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Living in Eternity

II Cor.4: 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Col.3: If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.


To truly walk with Christ we must have an eternal mindset and a daily vision of Christ and all things eternal. This does not come easily because we live in temporal bodies and a temporal reality. And in today’s church climate there is not just a focus upon the temporal, but it could really be described as an obsession. Add to that the cares of this world and we are faced with a great challenge. Most never accept that challenge, and in today’s evangelical community most are not even aware that challenge exists.

To acknowledge that eternity exists now and that we can walk in it is the very first step. And any journey begins with the first step. So what I would ask us to do is purposefully, deeply, and with faith, fill our hearts and minds with the reality of eternity. Let your mind soar above the clatter of this temporal existence. Think about heaven and Jesus and the Father and a company of angels. If you wish read some of the Book of Revelation where it speaks of the visions of heaven. Embrace the truth that this temporal is submitted to and within the atmosphere of eternity.

Our Savior wishes to meet us in the eternal realm and with each meeting He desires to reveal Himself to us and change us. In the sixties a band called the Beatles became all the rage. And young people especially would watch them and buy their records and put up posters and even collect cards with their pictures. And what eventually happened is millions of young people began to cut their hair like the Beatles and dress life them and talk like them and think like them. You see, what you worship will eventually change you into that image. That is why God forbid idol worship for His children.

But we are called to worship Christ. And one of the major reasons we are not like Him and why we cling to and embrace the temporal is because we do not worship Him through prayer and adoration. And this 20 minute music time on Sundays is hardly what we could call worship. True worship will have within it sacrifice. Abraham would sacrifice his son to worship God. What do people sacrifice on Sunday mornings? I realize Christ is the complete sacrifice for our sins, but does God accept a redundant exercise offered by people who spent almost no time worshiping and in prayer during the entire week? What has happened?

We have made taken what should be a free flowing worship among believers and made it a structured “service” complete with the order of events and much practice. Music is a strong emotional intoxicant that is can drive a group of people without a true spirit of worship. But our Wonderful Savior deserves our focused and sacrificial worship. Our hearts and minds must be set upon the eternal and we lust allow the Spirit to reveal Christ to us. Without a vision of the eternal we are attempting to worship God in the flesh.

My exhortation to us all is to walk in light of eternity and we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.


Cherie c. said...

Pastor if I may,

From the Dave Hunt Facebook page.

(The following post was written by Dave Hunt's friend, and former Berean Call board member, William MacDonald)

As we come to the beginning of another year, we would do well to make the following prayer requests our own:

Lord Jesus, I rededicate myself afresh to You today. I want You to take my life this coming year and use it for Your glory.

I pray that You will keep me from sin, from anything that will bring dishonor to Your Name.

Keep me teachable by the Holy Spirit. I want to move forward for You. Don't let me settle in a rut.

May my motto this year be, "He must increase; I must decrease." The glory must all be Yours. Help me not to touch it.

Teach me to make every decision a matter of prayer. I dread the thought of leaning on my own understanding. "O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps" (Jer. 10:23).

May I die to the world and even to the approval or blame of loved ones or friends. Give me a single, pure desire to do the things that please Your heart.

Keep me from gossip and criticism of others. Rather, help me to speak what is edifying and profitable.

Lead me to needy souls. May I become a friend of sinners, as You are. Give me tears of compassion for the perishing.

Lord Jesus, keep me from becoming cold, bitter, or cynical in spite of anything that may happen to me in the Christian life.

Guide me in my stewardship of money. Help me to be a good steward of everything You have entrusted to me.

Help me to remember moment by moment that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. May this tremendous truth influence all my behavior.

And, Lord Jesus, I pray that this may be the year of Your return. I long to see Your face and to fall at Your feet in worship. During the coming year, may the blessed hope stay fresh in my heart, disengaging me from anything that would hold me here and keeping me on the tiptoes of expectancy. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Anonymous said...

That's very good yet constructive criticism also has a place in a Christian's life!



Cherie c said...

I'm just not going to post anymore.

Peace everyone.