12 Jan PREPARING FOR ETERNITY
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
One of the tragedies that can come upon us in the year of harvest is to focus so much on what we are receiving from God for our earthly existence that we lose sight of eternity. For as long as God gives me life, I will remind everyone who gets in touch with me to be mindful of eternity. Life here is too short compared with the life we will spend in eternity.
God knows that very well and still blesses us with abundance of wealth on this side of eternity. The saints we read about in the bible, were people of great wealth; yet they were mindful of the life that God has for them in eternity. They knew God had something more for them and looked forward to that.
They looked for a city whose builder was not man but God Himself. They looked for a city not made with hands, where there comes no night. It is perfect to even argue that some of them held on to their faith because they were sure of another world in view. “Another world in view” is a statement that is often looked upon as an indictment, especially in a world that has become very materialistic. When God’s time comes, all we see today shall melt with fervent heat and they will be no more.
How are you preparing for eternity?
1. Spend time thanking God for making provisions for you to spend life in eternity with Him.
2. Ask for grace so the things of this world will continue to grow strangely dim as your eyes see God more.
3. Father, please help me continually focus on You and heaven, that I will leave this world behind.
I declare today that I am a candidate of God’s eternity. I am determined to hold on steadfastly to my beliefs about heaven in the name of Jesus. My mind is fixed on heaven. No matter what I get here on this earth, my heart will continue to long for that place where abundant life never stops in the name of Jesus.