Live For Eternity
It is time for a generation to seek the Lord’s Face, those who will in purity desire that which is eternal and forsake temporal and finite pleasures. The Lord is alive and by His blood has given us access to enter the Holiest. So let’s do it. Let’s not settle for anything less than eternity. Many have fallen in love with the world. God is calling His people out of Babylon. He says “Come out of her my people.” God will bring judgment on this evil system of injustice that is founded upon the love of money. He will bring judgment and He would that none of His people partake in that judgment. He has brought us out of darkness and into His marvelous light. Let’s walk like it. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8). The Apostle John reveals that the love of the world is enmity with God. Lot’s wife could not get over it and she became a partaker of God’s judgment against this evil called the love of the world.
What God has in store for us and has made available to us is greater than any resource this world can offer. Unbelief has so gripped “believers” that they settle for what their eyes can see. Esau settled for what his eyes could see and what his tongue could taste; he missed out on a great inheritance. Even when he tried to repent he could not, though he sought it with tears. Praise the Lord His blood cleanses us from sin when we repent, but the age to come will be too late to repent. Today is the day of salvation. This is the day to seek the Lord. With a bowl of soup he declared that he cared more for this age than what God could offer. He greatly dishonored God by turning from Him to a lesser pleasure. Not only could he not receive the blessing but the Lord deals with him and his descendents in a severe way. Malachi, Obadiah, and Isaiah 63 all prophesy the demise of Esau’s descendents (Edom). And it is all because Esau esteemed the temporal. “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated, and laid waste his mountains and his heritage for the jackals of the wilderness” (Malachi 1:2b-3). God says that Edom will be “the people against whom the Lord will have indignation forever” (Malachi 1:4b). God takes what Esau trusted in other than Himself and destroys it.
It is offensive when someone does not receive a gift that you have for them. And at times it is even rude to decline a gift. God has paid a great price for a great gift for mankind. Those who count what God offers as a common thing actually are in opposition to Him and greatly disrespect Him. Again, the love of the world is enmity with God. Those who love the world are in opposition with God and with His plans on the earth. Hebrews 11:16 teaches that God is not ashamed to be called the God of those who desire the great things that He has prepared for us. When we live our lives constantly pursuing this world and its goods we greatly miss God and His goods. Hebrews 2:3 says, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” How shall we escape the judgment of the Lord if we deny His offer and invitation? The Lord is calling us near and it is time that we respond. This invitation is not simply to pray a prayer but to give our lives to Him as He laid down His life for us.
Hebrews 12 teaches that we lay aside the weights and sins that burden us, entangle us, and keep us from running the race. It’s time we lay aside the distractions that keep us from fully devoting ourselves to Him who is Beautiful, to Him who is Worthy. Abraham forsook life as he knew it to follow God, whom he had never seen, nor known. “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out not knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8). When he got there, having opportunity and the resources needed, did not build for himself a city in the land promised to him but rather dwelt “in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; For he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:9b-10). It is this kind of faith that pleases God.
What are you living for? Is it the approval of men? For a good reputation? Is it to have a title or influence on the earth? To be wealthy? Are you living from day-to-day? There is something better. There is eternity to consider. What makes us great on the earth leaves us in obscurity in heaven. When we begin to live for eternity, we will begin to live from eternity. What man thinks of you today does not matter tomorrow. It will not last. But there are things that will remain for all eternity. The fathers of the faith spoken of in Hebrews 11 all live with eternity in mind. To dwell in the House of the Lord was not a nice thought or a side idea but it affected everything that King David did. We need this obsession to so dictate our lives that we can say, “I have set the Lord always before me, because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved” (Psalms 16:8). We need to so live before the Lord, that like David we can say, “Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, the place where Your Glory dwells” (Psalms 26:8). It is then that we will begin to carry the realities of heaven into the now.
Those who live from day-to-day experience the joy that a day on earth can offer. But those who live for eternity experience the greater things that the Lord has prepared for us. All of our lives we are encouraged to look ahead, to dream, to have goals. Why? Because they push us forward. When I ran cross country I had one thing in mind, the finish line and the rewards that awaited me behind that line; water, rest, refreshing, encouragement from friends and family etc. “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that set before us, Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:1-2a). Without vision people live aimlessly. This is the vision that we are exhorted to live for; “Looking unto Jesus.” When you greatly desire something, you do everything with that in my mind. Jesus endured for the joy set before Him, even on His way to Calvary He could not get you off of His mind. We likewise will endure for the joy set before us. When I live for eternity; every second on this side counts. What we live for overflows from our hearts into our everyday lives.
Do you value eternity? This eternity I write of is not just a timeless existence, but I am referring to the age to come, and our proximity to Jesus in His ever increasing Kingdom. Here is how you can find out where your values truly are. What is the thing that preoccupies your thoughts? Is it the latest news, the newest movie, or is it the moving of His Spirit upon your heart. David said, “One thing I have desired of the Lord and that will I seek, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the Beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple” (Psalm 27:4). What is the greater part of your earthly resources of time and money being invested into? Is it on Facebook and technology, is it aimlessly with friends and on the latest fashion, or is it in the Presence of God and into His work? You know, to pray without ceasing is not something for Christians in the first century church or for leaders today. He made a way for all of us. Is this true in our lives; “Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere” (Psalm 84:10a)? Is He someone that you cannot get off your mind? Are your earthly resources invested into this desire of being with Him? Let’s turn our hearts towards the Lord. Let’s seek His Face!