Do you believe you’re living a life that lasts forever, or are you only preparing for the next 30, 40, 50, or 60 years?
We’ve been trained to use the first twenty years of our lives preparing for the next forty. Then we use those forty years to prepare for the last fifteen or twenty, if we’re lucky.
What if eternity has already begun and your life isn’t about preparing for retirement? Would that change the way you live? Would that be a radical, compelling way to live?
The concept that we live forever is tough to grasp. We are surrounded by objects and items that are destroyed by moth and rust, where wealth runs out, and things don’t last. The world around us seems temporary and we’ve adopted that view for our own lives too. We’ve started to believe we have temporary lives here, so why not spend it preparing for the last few years.
But there is that small inkling inside your soul that tells you otherwise, right?
There is a tiny voice that is whispering to you about the future.
That voice is the eternity that God has set in your heart (Ecc 3:11). When we tap into that we begin to shake off the temporary and put on the eternal. We begin to invest not in retirement, but in the currency of God’s Kingdom – a Kingdom that is eternal, a Kingdom where moth and rust do not destroy.
My father in-law keeps a large old rusty bin by the door on his front porch. He painted the words “Moth and Rust” in bold letters on the side of the bin. It stands as a reminder to him of what is temporary and what is eternal.
This life matters. It matters because this is the time where we begin to invest in the currency of God. This is where we begin to build stock in the things of God. Challenge yourself to grasp the concept of living forever. Use this time, right now, to prepare for the eternal. Believe that your life lasts forever and see how your perspectives and desires change. Dare to be radical. Dare to be compelling. Dare to be eternal.
Don’t invest in the things that are destroyed by moth and rust. Remind yourself to throw them in an old rusty bin where they belong.
This post is part of the One Word at a Time blog carnival that is being hosted over at Peter Pollock’s blog. Go there to read all the other amazing posts on the theme: Future.