Friday, August 6, 2010

Temporal vs. Eternal

Col 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

How many times do we plan for the here and now? It is interesting to ask Christians the goals they are working toward. For example, some may say they want to be the president or CEO of a major international corporation. Some may want a house on the beach or a European sports car. Most people at least plan for a retirement where they can enjoy peace and security until they die. These things are great aspirations, however, it leads me to ask a question.

Do we sacrifice our faith to obtain those goals?

Please don't misunderstand my comments here. I am NOT saying that being the CEO of a company, having a nice house, having a nice car, or planning for retirement is wrong. What I am saying is we need to be checking our focus. Does that position at your job stand before God's will for your life? Does the desire to own that expensive sports car consume your thoughts and control your actions? Is your focus on the temporal?

Colossians tells us that we need to set our minds on things above rather than things here. Paul was not telling us to have a disdain of material things. We know that God created all and His work is good. However, when we let our (fleshly) desires take over it turns bad.

Paul is saying that what we gain here is only temporary and has no eternal benefit, however what we do for God is eternal. We forget that if we are fortunate we will walk this planet for 70+ years and then we will arrive into the eternal realm. When we finish our lives here we will not take anything with us. Nothing physical can go beyond the grave. So, in the time you have here are you building your treasures for rust and decay? Or, Christian, are you building your treasures for eternity? Think about the following: while on earth people invest large amounts of time and money into a retirement plan so when that time comes they can reap the rewards of their investments. Christian, we should be spending the 70+ years investing for eternity.

It is all about the temporal vs. the eternal. What are we doing that really matters?

In Christ,
Doug Johnson

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