Fresh Hope – 9th November 2017

If I told you that you would get £1000 if you held your breath for 10 seconds, you would do it without thinking twice.

If I told that you that after 9 months of pregnancy you would birth a child that would delight you well into your old age, you would endure the short-term pain (assuming you’re a woman).

If I told you that after 13 years of education you would be qualified to earn a salary for the rest of your life, you would commit to the task of study.

If you knew that after four years of gruelling training, you would win gold at the Olympics, you would keep your eyes on the prize through the pain.

Why then do we struggle to live for eternity?

Our time on earth may be about 80 years long, but that is literally a breath in comparison to our eternity. The investment we make on earth now, we reap for all eternity! Matthew 6:19 says, ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven’.

This life is a short opportunity to make an investment for forever. David the Psalmist put it, ‘You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; each of us is but a breath’ (Psalm 39:5).

Eternity is a concept that our finite minds can struggle to fathom. Yet God says ‘He has set eternity in our hearts’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Every human has a desire for more, and that more is heaven! People who don’t know their true home, try to cover, fill, ignore and hide their longing with temporary, superficial things. But this doesn’t appease the inbuilt desire for more than this earth has to offer. Scripture says that our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:10). That means our true identity and home is found in eternity. If we find ourselves deeply unsatisfied with the things of earth, this could be why – we weren’t made for it!

This life isn’t the show. It is the dress rehearsal. This isnt the main meal, it is the entrée, the warm up before the real game. Life is not the destination of our being – we are heaven bound.

Let eternity shift your perspective, and let me ask you, in light of forever, are the things you worry about worth robbing you of your joy today? Is that grudge you hold really worth robbing you of your ability to love when you have such a short time here? Is that relationship issue you have really worth the lack of peace? Is that which you really want going to count for eternity or just temporary gain? What am I doing today that is an investment for my eternal future? What am I doing today to help others find home? How can I change my use of time? How can I change my thinking?

Emma Montesi

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