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Faith & Life: Live with Eternity on Your Mind


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Live with Eternity on Your Mind

It’s a Day by Day Journey with the Lord

by J.M. Troppello


I have been reading the monthly devotionals by Dr. David Jeremiah. Then I read the suggested Bible reading. That always leads me on a journey of discovery because I read the referenced verses. Then I read the commentary from my Thomas Nelson Study Bible. Today’s lesson really resonated with me.


The commentary provided four ways that a Christian can prepare for eternity. Yes, once you accept Jesus as your savior, you are saved. Only believers will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. The “Great White Throne” of judgment is reserved for unbelievers (Rev. 20:11-15) Believers will be rewarded for their faithfulness. (I Cor. 3:11-15)


11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. (I Cor. 3:11-15, NKJV)

I want to stay focused on eternity. It isn’t always easy. But life was never meant to be easy. If you’re a Christian, you should have an aim in life to continually grow in your walk in the Lord—and focus on eternity. The following four things can help you keep your eyes focused on the judgment seat of Christ.


For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.

12 For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. (II Cor. 5:1-12, NKJV)

1. Faith Not by Sight


Everything about the Christian walk is about walking by faith, not by sight. You believe in faith that Jesus died for you on the cross. When you pray, you believe by faith, not by sight. When you think about Heaven, you’re believing by faith, not by sight. I want to continue in my walk with the Lord as I walk by faith, not by sight.


For we walk by faith, not by sight. (II Cor. 5:7, NKJV)

2. Long for Heaven


I got saved a long time ago when I was 14. Back then, I admit that I wasn’t longing for Heaven. However, in more recent years, I am longing for Heaven more and more. From what I’m learning (yes, it’s possible – and vital – to keep learning in the Lord), God is pleased when you long for Heaven.


6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. (II Cor. 5:6,8, NKJV)

3. Please the Lord


I do not please the Lord in every decision, behavior, and thought. I’m sure that’s not a big surprise to you because no one is perfect – not even you. And that’s okay. God doesn’t expect His children to be perfect. As a Christian, God makes you a new creation in Christ (II Cor. 5:17). I hope to please the Lord each day. I’m thankful for God’s grace. It’s a daily journey – day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, and second by second.


Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. (II Cor. 5:9, NKJV)

4. Focus on eternity


You and I can please God by focusing on eternity. Since we’ll be coming before the judgment seat of Christ – according to our faithfulness to Him – we should want to imitate Christ in all our actions. Don’t get depressed when you mess up. You will. Just focus on the next step in front of you and trust the Holy Spirit to be your daily guide.


For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (II Cor. 5:10, NKJV)

Embracing the Daily Journey


Take your walk with the Lord, day by day. Focus on the following four things and cultivate faithfulness in your life each day.


  • Faith not by sight

  • Long for Heaven

  • Please the Lord

  • Focus on eternity


How are you embracing the daily journey with the Lord? Are you living for eternity?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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