Wednesday night we were talking about our perspectives, specifically does mortality swallow up life or does life swallow up mortality? Mortality in this reference is this life (while we’re on earth), and life is the eternity (hopefully with Jesus, if you’re not sure- we need to chat!) So you could reword the statement as does this life affect your outlook? Does this world affect how you act in light of eternity?
Now our teacher is an engineer so he and Tyler think the same way- which is terrifying. Jokes! But really, he explained eternity as infinity. When we were in elementary school and first learned about infinity we always used to draw a number continuum. For those of us that haven’t been in elementary school in a while, this is what it would look like:
Now do you remember? Anyway, he pointed out that we should be living as though we have the rest of the continuum, because we do! Unfortunately for us, we tend to live as though we’re 1/∞. That means that instead of living like we have forever, we live as though we’re approaching zero. That this life is all we have. When we’re on the continuum of eternity, this life is less than the tick mark of the number zero and yet we live as if that tick mark is all there is. How silly!
Now how many of us save for retirement? That’s having a long term perspective! Now imagine with me that just like saving up for retirement, we saved up for Heaven. No, I don’t mean saving $$ for Heaven. Matthew 6:19-21 says “19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Now what are you laying up in Heaven?
On the other side of that question is who will be in Heaven because of you? I don’t know about you, but if something I said or did helped another person to accept Jesus and have eternity in Heaven- that would definitely be a treasure for me!
Are we all in for God? I know some of you reading this will give a resounding “YES!”, others will be confused by this questions, and still others may get angry that I could even pose this question. But I am. Are you living as though you are all in for God? Do you truly believe that you have eternity? If your answer is “yes?” or “maybe” or “i don’t know” then why is that? Is there something standing in your way? Is it a question of your worth? Of God’s truth? Or is it just a fear of the unknown? That’s definitely one of my problems. I have a hard time grasping things that are unknown. And quite honestly, it scares me a bit to not even be able to begin to fathom how great and powerful God is, or how long eternity is. Thankfully, I have faith. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1. Not only do I hope that Heaven is legit and that Jesus is who he said he was, but I have evidence. Granted, it’s the evidence of things not seen, but I think you can see it. Faith is the product of the unseen change inside us when we accept Christ. Faith is what happens when everything in your life seems to be going wrong but you still find joy. Faith is what keeps you going day after day when all you really want to do is stay in bed. Faith is what helps you continue to go even if your future is rocky. Faith is what allows us to believe in God’s promise’s even though they were written centuries ago. Faith is the basis of your relationship with God and truly how we can begin to change our perspective to an eternal one.
So, what are you working towards? Are you just working towards the next vacation, the end of the next chapter, retirement; or are you fixing your eyes on Heaven and eternity? Are you storing up your treasures in Heaven even if in this life you don’t have much? Are you living as though you have the entire number continuum to go? And finally, are you living a life that others would be able to know Christ because of you?
Remember- you are more than just this life.