Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
Last week we finished examining unhealthy “drivers” of our life. This week we are going to explore how God designed us to last forever.
Consider the following:
Rick Warren wrote that we have an inborn instinct that longs for immortality, yet our earthly body is just a temporary residence for our spirit (p. 28). Thus, it is necessary to think about how our mentality of immortality impacts our decisions as well as the influencers in our lives. He presses his claim by saying “our relationship to God on earth will determine our relationship to him in eternity” (p. 28). These are important topics to fully understand because it provides the context as to why we should strive for purpose over success. It gives us a better understanding of the need for us to be driven by our relationship with Christ instead of others or even earthly things. When we digest that this life is temporary and eternity is with God, then we start to live with the mindset that there is more to life than just the here and now. As our scripture reminds us, God planted eternity in our hearts, therefore, we must combat the most damaging aspect of contemporary living — short-term thinking. It is important to disengage from short-term thinking because our time here on earth is minuscule in comparison to eternity, but the consequences of our decisions here on earth will last forever.
Today, I encourage everyone to continue to ponder about the why we are made to last forever and if our lifestyle reflects that we believe we are truly made to last forever. Remember, our body is just a temporary residence for our spirit so disengage from short-term thinking.