“Time is short. Eternity is long. It is only reasonable that this short life be lived in the light of eternity.” -Charles Spurgeon
Eternity, a simple word, but a complex concept. We waited an eternity for our food; the car ride lasted an eternity; it seemed an eternity before our baby slept through the night. These statements exaggerate something that seems to go on and on, but no one truly comprehends eternity. Yet, the Bible has much to say on the topic.
John 3:16 tells us that if we trust in Jesus, we have eternal life. Ecclesiastes 3:14says God has put eternity on man’s heart. God cares deeply about where we will spend eternity but holds us accountable for how we spend our time on earth (2 Corinthians 5:10). So, we must ask ourselves, “How do we live our short time on earth with eternity on our hearts?”
What does the Bible Say?
Often, godly, Christian women tell me they struggle with making important decisions because they have yet to understand God’s will for their lives. Somewhere along our spiritual journey, we start wondering if God is secretly holding back as if He intends for us to engage in a never-ending game of hide-and-seek. We seek to do the right thing, to please Him, but still feel like God eludes us.
Truth is, God has given us His Word, which outlines everything we need to know to live in accordance to His will. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that all Scripture is God-breathed; we can be confident that the words on the pages of our Bibles are precisely the message He wants us to hear, to read, to trust, and obey. God’s words instruct us in righteousness. They rebuke, correct, and teach, but for what purpose? So that the servants of God (believers) are rightly trained and equipped to live like “little Christs” (Christians). Therefore, to ponder if our lives honor the Lord is to do so in vain (Colossians 3:17).
Filtering our lives through the lens of God’s Word gives us a sharper, eternal perspective. God clearly tells us to submit to the authority of the Scriptures and apply their timeless truths to our lives, even when our flesh wrestles against it, which it definitely will.