Dying to live
Christians have a unique perspective. Each day that we live, we are mindful that we draw one day closer to our physical death, but one day closer to our eternal home. The older we get, the more acutely aware we become of our mortality, but see this life and our bodies as the temporal vessels they are. Too many Christians are enamored with the things of this world and don’t gain this perspective until they are forced to face eternity. We should live each day with eternity in our hearts. Consider this:
1. Everyday is an opportunity to become more alive spiritually.
2 Cor. 4:16-18 “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”
2. All suffering regardless of how awful is still temporary.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,”
3. The praise we receive from God FAR exceeds the pain endured to gain it.
“worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;”
4. Faith is required for this perspective, but it helps prioritize one’s life so that our time here will matter there.
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
LESSON - We do NOT strive to earn our salvation, but seek to please the One who gave eternal life to us as a free gift. In turn, we will one day be rewarded by nail-scarred hands for a faithful life which was never ours to keep. Eternity is not later, it began the day you were conceived so why not live for it now.