“Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you….in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be.” Ps. 39:4-6 (NIV)
As we daily encounter a world focused on itself with values often very different from what we find in Scripture, it is easy for us to lose sight of our identity in Christ.
We forget that we belong to Him as servant, child, and bride.
We forget because we become focused on the immediate world around us.
We forget about eternity.
In order to help us remember our true identity in Christ, we need to develop what many call an eternal perspective. This is a perspective that includes eternity and is not limited to this life only.
The best illustration of an eternal perspective that I have encountered is from Rick Warren in his book “The Purpose Driven Life”. In it, Warren tells us to imagine a measuring tape that has been stretched from Los Angeles to New York. The first inch of this tape represents our life in this world, while the rest of the tape is our life in eternity.
Seeing the tape as a whole is an eternal perspective.
It is so easy for us to become focused on the struggles and disappointments of this life and forget that our life in this world is short compared to the rest of eternity.
An eternal perspective places our temporal struggles and disappointments up against the reality that an eternity awaits us when we transition out of this earthly life.
Many have heard the phrase “…those who are too heavenly minded aren’t of any earthly good.”
Well, that’s a lie.
The truth is that those who are heavenly minded accomplish more earthly good that lasts into eternity.
As we develop an eternal perspective, we begin to take on a different value system. We begin to value that which has eternal value rather than temporal earthly value.
We begin to value things that God values.
This allows us to focus our time, talent, and treasure on the works that God has for us…works that will yield eternal fruit.
Prayer: Show me Lord my life’s end and the number of my days.