Things which are eternal
¥ God (and all which pertains to Him) is everlasting
¥ His Word [communication(s) and impartations of the Lord's reality, life, truth & Spirit]
will never pass away Matt. 24:35 (Jesus is the Eternal Word. Jn.1)
¥ Love lasts forever (And God is Love. His love endures forever.)
1 Cor. 13:8-14:1; Jer. 31:3, Ps. 136 NIV
¥ People (& especially Jesus-centered relationships) are, likewise, eternal
Matt. 25:41, 46; Jn. 5:39-40
(Also, there are eternal rewards: 1 Cor. 3:5-15; 9:24-27)
¥ Not much else is eternal
Communication, love, relationship. These are each areas in which God means us to build upon the eternal foundation of Jesus. Communication, love, relationship (impregnated with the purpose, message and person of the Lord) are each in essence eternal (we need to be properly building and directed). God, His Word, people, love. These are eternal. Relationships, love and communications on earth are meant to connect upward, heavenward, to sow seeds into the everlasting. Loving communications and relationships, in Jesus, have every potential to bear lasting fruit. And each of the relationships in our lives are meant to tap into the eternal realm.
Communication and love, cultivated and sown in relationship with God and relating toward others. Relationships. These form the very heart of God's kingdom. And His kingdom (where He rules and bears fruit) is within us (within the hearts and lives of His people, those who believe). He (the eternal God) reigns in the midst of our relationships, lives and the assemblies of people He calls His own. And His Word and love will never pass away.
Jesus, the Eternal and Fruitful, desires to invade our temporal and (otherwise) vain lives and change them 'til they drink deeply of the fountain of eternity. The eternal One calls us to a whole new (and eternal) foundation. (The eternal foundation, of course, is Jesus Himself built into the center of our lives.)
Just consider how Jesus taught us to orient our whole lives toward
carrying out two levels of love and relationship. He described love
and relationship (with God and one another) as virtually the
sum and total purpose of the kingdom of God. Mk. 12:28-31 And
realize how important communication and (practicing, living and
sharing) the word of God are to building love & relationship.
The eternal Word and the eternal God are to be chief cornerstones in each relationship we have.
Jesus is to be the center and focus of the communications we make and the love we give all the years of our lives. We are to grow and sow (and receive) in relationship with God and one another. It is as God pours out His love (the essence of Who He is, His Presence) in our hearts that we overflow in true love for one another. Rom. 5:5
Our church, family, discipling and evangelistic
relationships are to focus upon Jesus and lay the
eternal foundation of who He is at the very center of our
lives. And into the lives of others. All our human relationships are
meant to promote and be a seeding ground for the eternal love and
Word of God (the communications of His heart). And we are to be
Eternity is meant to grow in our very heart. And spring up in our
friendships and families.
Sure there are temporal necessities. But eternity is daily to be our emphasis. In each of us, God is calling for a shift in our attention. From the temporal to the eternal.
Jesus, His Word and love are eternal. And since there's not
much else which can boast of being so longlasting, perhaps we should
learn to shift our energy and interests as much as possible into a
more eternal direction.
The Lord's trying to caution and encourage me that man's time
(except that which we squander needlessly or excessively on
worthless, temporary things) has the potential to be wisely invested.
Eternally frutiful. And much of this entrusting of our heart and
energies can be directed into three important compartments (eternal
realms of investment): love, communication & relationship(s) -
with God and one another. We are to love God. Love one another. We
communicate with God (i.e. prayer and worship). The Lord communicates
with us (via His Word, Voice, song, prophecy, visions, dreams,
leadings, etc.). We build loving and communicating relationships with
God, family, friends, neighbors, believers (to encourage, love and
disciple) and unbelievers (to befriend, love and evangelize).
Much of the eternal in this life comes down simply to God, people, love, communication & relationships. How should we then live?
I am forced to conclude that the most meaningful portions of all human life center on building toward that which is eternal. As we pursue relationship (with God and one another) we would be wise to order and fill these as much as possible with the eternal love and communications of God.
Our relationships (in the Lord's design) are meant to
consistently tap into the eternal, to store up a heavenly treasure
and build a road toward eternity. Each relationship in our life is to
sit at His banquet table and daily taste and see that the Lord is
good. Scripture tells us of a blessed realm of communication, a kind
of love and types of relationships which begin now but last
forever. And friends are friends forever if the Lord is
Lord of them.
All eternity will be affected by how we invest and live our lives today.
As the Spirit has brought before me this subject of eternity, I'm realizing that each moment and expression of love, communication and relationship which I allow God to build in my life will (or can) touch eternity. Each of these are to center on Him, spring forth from grace, be built on Jesus and be channels of life flowing from His heart. We are to build and fill our days flowing with His eternal Word. Jesus comes to fill and enrich all of life. To inhabit each relationship, communication and expression of love we sow. He is Emmanuel. The Sower and Source of eternal, abundant life. Jn. 10:10
Life's interactions, relations and communications - in Him - produce
eternal results. I believe Jesus will truly lead us toward that which
is eternal if we will listen to His Spirit, imitate His life and
follow. His way is the way everlasting. The Bible makes this clear.
Ps. 139:23-24, Jn. 14:6 The eternal God wishes to snatch us from our
earthbound madness and temporal vanity and bring us into the joyous
realm of the eternal. Where everlasting joy crowns our heads. And
where laughter and joy run deep. We are called to bear fruit, eternal
fruit, the fruit of Who He is in all of our lives, fruit that will
last. John 15, Gal. 5:22-23
So where are you headed??? And how are you sowing? Today?
Are you seeking the eternal? Cooperating with the eternal Spirit? Sowing toward eternity? How are you sowing? Today? What is your life building? Today?
We need to stop and ask ourselves these questions. How am I relating and communicating to God? Others? According to Jn. 15, God is looking in my life for eternal fruit, fruit that will last. So, what is my life's message? Testimony? Example? Impact on others? In simple, practical, everyday ways, what influence am I seeking to have upon others? For their benefit.
How am I walking with God? With others? What changes need I now make
so as to not be found pouring my life down the temporal drain?
To avoid laboring (living my life and spending my energies) in vain?
How can I turn my heart and life, my energies and pursuits toward
that which is eternal? How can I fill my days and so spend my hours
(communicating, loving and relating) that I bear blessed fruit which
lasts for all eternity?
Walking in the light of eternity! Amen.
As we keep in mind that Jesus Christ is the one true eternal foundation. And that there is no other. 1 Cor. 3 And as we remember that "from everlasting to everlasting He is God!" Ps. 90 As we recall His eternal love and receive/walk in His eternal life, and realize our need to be channels of His eternal Word, perhaps we had better be thoroughly sure that we are investing our days (heart and energies) in ways which will blossom and bear fruit for all eternity. "Oh, Lord, teach us to number our days arightÃ‰" and help us to walk in the light of eternity, to sow toward that which is eternal. Amen.
4 "Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. 5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath. Selah 7 "But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
I've enjoyed writing this for you. The Lord's truth is worthy of living.
- brother Jeff
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