Build Your Hope On Things Eternal

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He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. – Ecclesiastes 3:11

This blog serves as a confession more than anything else. But before I jump into it, I want to give you a little background.

I mentioned in an earlier blog that since I gave my life to Christ I have been filled with peace. Even when things are not going my way, the joy I have found in Christ remains. I hold onto His promise that all things are working together for my good and I trust that everything WILL be beautiful in its time.

However, there are moments when I feel discouraged. The word tells us that God will not withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly, and in my sincerest belief that I am doing my very best to walk uprightly with the Lord I sometimes wonder why there are a few ‘good things’ that I still lack.

Last night I was having one of these ‘moments’ and I realised that the reason I was feeling discouraged is because I have placed my hope on the temporary and not the eternal – the goodness and protection I receive from the Lord in the Land of the living and not the ecstasy I will experience in paradise!

Whenever I have read Ecclesiastes 3:11 I have allowed the hope of the first sentence to distract me from that which follows immediately after: “also He has put eternity in their hearts”.

I truly have not fully comprehended the true depth of what it means to be saved! This is why I feel a sense of anxiety when people talk about the judgement of those who are unsaved and why almost two years after giving my life to Christ I am yet to read the book of Revelation.

So my confession: I’ve been holding onto all of God’s promises concerning life on earth, but the most important promise of all hasn’t been my focus – Eternal life!

I have not been operating with eternity rooted in my heart and this is dangerous because this gives room for compromise to creep in. If I am not living with eternity in mind, how can I guarantee that I am making my decisions with eternity in mind?!

I always pray that I will be like the good soil in the parable of the sower, but if I am living for the goodness of the Lord (the things I desire) in this lifetime, what happens if I don’t see it? Well if my hope in the Lord is based on the pleasures that one can receive on earth, if this does not come to fruition I will eventually remove my trust in the Lord and place it back in myself or whatever can provide the assurance of earthly pleasures.

Why am I sharing this?? Because I honestly do not think I am the only one! And it shows in the complacency that many have concerning the salvation of others!

Jesus Christ left us with what is termed as being The Great Commission, and I think many of us do not take this as seriously as we should because we take for granted what it means to be unsaved.

Jesus once said to His disciples “I have food that you do not know of”. By this He meant that He satisfies Himself with the knowledge that He is carrying out God’s business. This needs to be our upmost concern also – the one instruction He left us: to “go and make disciples” should be at the very root of our purpose!

So, I am happy I have realised this, and I am thankful for my new found perspective. It has certainly given me a new fire where my unsaved friends and family are concerned and also for those who don’t know the hope that we have in Jesus Christ as well.

God Bless xx

Supporting Scriptures: James 1:2-4, Psalm 84:11, Matthew 28:18-20, John 4:32-36, Matthew 13:1-23

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