Living for Eternity - Wayne

It was the 3rd of July last year. I came back from a swim and my ear felt 'blocked.' I thought it would be better in a few minutes.  That night it still felt blocked. I thought it would be fine by morning. Nope. Time seemed to stretch out.  4 weeks later, sitting in the doctor’s surgery, my timeframe had shifted somewhat, but I still thought my hearing would be back to normal pretty soon. Now here I am 6 months later, and rather than thinking about tomorrow, or next week, I’m wondering about next year, or what will this look like in 5 years time.

But there’s an even bigger timeframe we need to view things from. Eternity!  And eternity changes everything. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 2 ‘we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.’

Viewing things from eternity means that my biggest question is not will my hearing get better, but how can I be thankful and joyful in the midst of the uncertainty of what’s happening.  

Living for eternity means I can focus on how to love others now, how to serve Jesus now, how to grow more like Jesus in this trial, not put life on hold till things get better.

Viewing things from eternity means that I don’t have to worry about 5 years time, because the God of eternity has me in his hands and is working out all things for his good.

This year our focus at DPC is on living now for eternity What will that look like for you? Where have you become so swamped by what’s happening around you that you’ve lost sight of the eternal? What will it mean for you to fix your eyes on Jesus and run for the prize this year? What needs to continue in your life, what needs to stop?  These are the kind of questions we want to be asking ourselves as we consider what it means to live now for eternity.

Here’s a copy of the booklet that was handed out at church last week. We hope it prompts you to consider how to better live now for eternity.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  
2 Cor 4

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