I am resigned to the fact that I am aging; my declining vision reminds of this. I can no longer simply buy a pair of prescription glasses and go on my merry way. My continually declining vision demands that I regularly replace my lenses.
Recently I went in to have my lenses replaced, left my current glasses at the store, and had to resort to wearing an older pair of glasses.
This was not good… I experienced headaches, got drowsy while reading, and couldn’t read fine print.
It was evident I was seeing my world through the wrong lenses! I contend that our default financial lens is the temporal–the here and now. But Scripture teaches of another lens that may seem ethereal or fictional–eternity.
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We as Christians are already citizens of Heaven.
“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Phil. 3:20. Conversation, as used here is not dialogue. The Greek word politeuma (pa -lē-tyu-ma) means, “the commonwealth of citizens”.
This life is very short. Very Short!
We often hear the world proclaim, “Life is short so…live it! Have fun while you can, Carpe Diem!”
The world believes that this life is the best there is. That is wrong
The reality is that this present life is infinitely shorter than our eternal life. We are wise to put more effort into preparing for our eternal life, rather than allowing this temporary life to distract us from what really matters.
This life and this earth will soon pass away with all its lusts.
Everything that we may treasure here on earth will be destroyed.
This is NOT the best that God has to offer. The best is coming: a new heaven and a new earth without sin and corruption–as God had originally intended. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” Rev. 21:1
The correct perspective is an eternal one.
In Acts, we see that all their wondrous works were done “in the name of Jesus Christ”–giving Him glory and impacting eternity!
If we pause and consider our own daily actions, which can we truthfully say we are doing in the name of the Lord Jesus?
Today’s Resources and Links:
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” Psalm 90:12
“Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cast down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.” Job 14:1-2
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves, treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal”. Matthew 6:19-20
One Thing You Can Do Today to Improve Your Faith and Finances:
Begin each day prayerfully, acknowledging that it is “…appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement.” and purpose in your heart – by God’s strength – to live fully for Him today. Our words and actions do impact eternity.
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