Living For Eternity

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19-20).

Following His resurrection, Jesus appeared to many of His disciples and then was taken up to heaven where He now resides. During this life, we look to the resurrected Christ for hope, guidance, and strength:

“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

The Bible links living for God with Christ’s resurrection:

“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” (Colossians 3:1-2).

Throughout His earthly life, Jesus did not consider His kingdom of this present world (John 18:36). As He now sits on His heavenly throne, more and more people enter that kingdom through faith in Christ. Since we belong to Him, we must live for Him. After all, we do not belong to ourselves, but to Him who saved us (1 Corinthians 6:19).

How can we live for eternity while living in this world?

1. By setting our minds on heavenly values.
Some people fear if they live for eternity they will lose any effectiveness they might now possess. But clearly the opposite is true. God placed us here to shine for Him, and hold up a light (Philippians 2:15). As we shine in the darkness, we hold up the light so that others may see.

2. By redeeming the time.
Paul uses an interesting expression to teach his readers to use their time wisely:

“Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16).

An older version uses the expression “redeeming the time,” or buying it back. When we live for eternity, we set aside needless things that do not profit, and do things that matter to God. We “buy back” the time we used to spend in vanity, and now use it to God’s glory. May God grant us the wisdom and power to live for Him.

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