Have We Forgotten Eternity?

If we only knew.

I’m convinced that we as believers know less than .000001 of 1% of who God is and what he has for us.

I’m convinced that we (I) put way too much worry and concern on things that have little to no eternal significance.

I’m convinced that more often than not we don’t understand how God uses the tests and trials joys and triumphs as preparations for something better.

I’m convinced that if we really knew how blessed we were we would not worry so much about whether we were unemployed, underemployed, or over employed.

Whether we have negative bank account or looking to make our accounts go to six or seven digits.

Whether we are going to get married this year or ever, whether to date a believer or non believer, whether I will lose my partner if I don’t give him sex, whether I should go to NYU or Colombia.

I’m convinced that if we really knew how blessed we were we wouldn’t be so enslaved by our addictions to food, sex, shopping, porn, gossip, video games, Facebook, football, tv.

I’m convinced that if we really understood God’s eternal perspective, his kingdom we wouldn’t put so much energy in fighting over gay marriage (as if outlawing gay marriage would somehow change their hearts or sin), or fighting our brothers or the world because they are voting for that party, that presidential candidate ( as if a human government could actually legislate the kingdom of God)

I’m convinced we worry too much about what’s going to happen tomorrow, next month, next year than what is going to happen in eternity.

We worry about having our best life now, without understanding that the best is really reserved for later.

We have a lack of knowledge of God, of eternity.

I’m convinced that we have no idea how to even comprehend the word eternity.

Yet eternity is everything.

Here are three scriptures that I want to live in.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. (Ephesians 1:3-4)

Sometimes we forget that all things that are Christ’s are now ours. God our father chose us before the creation of the world. He decided that he would have a family of sons and daughters. He decided that this family would come from all ages in time, from all nations, colors and tones, sizes and shapes. He wanted a big family to give the world to. The world was made for us. This world was made to prepare us to rule in the next. But here’s the thing. Until Heaven and Earth meet, all of our spiritual blessings remain held in our heavenly account. We can still withdraw on many of those blessings here, but there are many that will not be accessible until they fully mature. Time based accounts, to be revealed at the end of the ages. Paul though is letting us know that we are rich in God. In Ephesians 1 Paul lists some of the spiritual blessings that we access now; adoption, redemption, the forgiveness of sins, revelation of the mysteries of God, the sealing of the Holy Spirit. These are all most important because they connect us to the source from whom all blessings flow; they are the means by which we are transferred into the family of God. So now that we are in the family of God Paul urges us in Colossians 3 to understand this.

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your[a] life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

This verse should slap us in the face everyday. In one way its a different spin on Matthew 6:33, but too often we have our hopes affections, dreams, and goals on things in the earth. There is nothing wrong with having hopes, dreams and goals, but we do have a problem when most of our hopes are based here and we give passing thought to what is greater and far superior. The glory that even the kings, the wealthy, athletes, rockstars, actors and celebrities experience here, even their partying and feasting, have nothing on that which is to come. Sadly many exchange their birthrights for a pot of stew. If we only knew.

So here’s Paul’s prayer for us. Paul has gotten a glimpse of things to come and he in his excitement love and joy decides to share this… a prayer that I have begun praying for myself and for every believer that I will encounter and also for you.

16I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him18having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.22And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Folks this life is all about knowing God. The next life will all be about knowing Him. Do you remember the promise that God made to Abraham? God assures Abraham in Genesis 15 that He is his shield and his exceedingly great reward. John Piper has two at least two books where he echoes this thought: we should delight ourselves in God. I want to leave you with a some words from Piper’s book “Desiring God” also available free online in PDF form here http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/books/desiring-god%20

Speaking of God Piper says

He is the end of our search, not the means to some further end. Our exceeding joy is He, the Lord—not the streets of gold or the reunion with relatives or any blessing of heaven. Christian Hedonism does not reduce God to a key that unlocks a treasure chest of gold and silver. Rather, it seeks to transform the heart so that “the Almighty will be your gold and your precious silver” (Job 22:25).

Is the Almighty God your gold or precious silver or does something else have that place? My prayer for you is that you would understand truly how Great and Awesome our God is,and that he would be our desire, both now and in the age to come.

The Herald

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2 Comments

October 22, 2012 · 3:04 pm

2 responses to “Have We Forgotten Eternity?

  1. Nathan Rodgers

    This is beautiful, man. Good job, Karim. Thank you for this.

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