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My goal is to challenge you–and myself–to embrace the goal of living with our eyes on eternity and not get distracted by the things of this world. Easy to say, much harder to do. But the first step is realizing that this is, in fact, our goal.
Be encouraged. It’s not about repenting a million times, gritting your teeth and trying harder again and again and again in your own effort. It’s about feeling His unconditional love for you which will revolutionize your desires. It’s about more of Jesus and less of me. For years I tried to have less of me so I could make room for more of Him. But, what I’ve found out, more of Him kindles my desire for still more of Him and results in less of me.
As lovers of Jesus our passion on the earth shouldn’t be to amass great wealth or material possessions; to gain status for ourselves, to always put our best foot forward while hiding our faults, foibles, problems and wounds or to be self-focused.
We are to be focused on eternity where our true life begins. The 70 years here are just the birthing canal that settles where we will spend eternity. Keeping this unseen focus in front of us and regularly pursuing it is challenging, especially in the western world where so many distractions compete for our attention. And as our attention goes, so goes our lives.
If we can catch a glimpse of God’s love for us, if we can understand that the way we live can position us to be rewarded on judgment day, if we understand that possessions, status, etc. are not satisfying in the long run and if we pray for God’s grace, we can learn to become more heavenly focused.
The apostle Paul tells us to set our heart and our minds on things above:
[floatquote] Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory (Col. 3:14).[/floatquote]
I hope you’ll commit to go on this journey with me or at least to investigate it thoroughly.