Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. - Colossians 3:2
This life is a vapour and passing wind (James 4:14). Thank about it, this day only has 24 hours, rather only 14 or so that you are awake for! If you live a life to 70 years old, then you would have approximately 25,200 days on this earth, for most of you reading this you only have 10,000 days or less left! This earth has a way of captivating us to a place where we get caught up in the temporal and lose sight of the eternal. To be eternally minded means that we think beyond our small context of each day and look beyond ourselves to the larger picture, outside of time to eternity. When you look at your licensee or passport you realize in 50 years from now it will not matter, you will be in eternity. This is not a guilt trip or some pressure tactic, but dear reader let us really think about it, what are you spending your life for? On a day to day basis what you are spending your time, money, resource towards? This life can only be lived once and then we will be in eternity, it is crucial for us to decide now if our life will count for eternity in an significant and real way.
Jesus tells us of a parable of a rich farmer (Luke 12:13-21). This farmer was a hard-working individual who did all in his power to yield a better harvest. With all the newest techniques and hard-work a great harvest came, beyond what ever was yielded before. This farmer build bigger barns, to store his big harvest and sat back enjoying himself with the temporary pleasures of the world. His thinking was simple: "Relax, and enjoy this earth before I get too old to enjoy it." And that was what he did and he died, God required his life. What did he have to show before God? A life that was spent on self, luxury and no broken heart for others. Our Lord tells us then he is a picture of those who "store up things for themselves but is not rich toward God" Jesus is our example in that he spent his life not storing up anything except good works, loving the poor, hurting and preaching the Good News. To boil it down he had the desire for others to lay down his life and be rich towards God, doing God's will. This life is passing us by, let us make each day that counts for eternity. It is your choice. Spend your life on what matters.
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon