TOPIC: ETERNITY IN THE EYES
TEXT: HEB. 11:27 & 12:2
''By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.''
''Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God''
At what time eternity comes to our eyes; or when eternity meets our view, our steps would be ordered in view of it--we would commence a life with eternity in view--until then, no man can live correctly. The sight of and persuation of a future eternal state hereafter, is the begining of a consistent life of godliness and disavowing of the world and things temporal. No man can make God, the eternal God, his chief design and goal, that has not first caught a glimpse of Him and His eternal glory. The conviction about eternity puts a man in such a state or disposition of heart that sees no glory in things temporal; all that the eyes see no long take up the heart again in agitation; when temporal things are lost, this kind of heart would not fret. There is no lose that can unsettle him: his thinking is that, there is a weightier matter beyond the fancies of the sons of men. Conviction about eternity and an assured interest in that state hereafter, make earthly burden light, sweeten our gall and wormwood, make crust of bread to be taken in delight and bring sobriety to the heart. Many there are, who, when they are bereft of comfort of this life, sorrow and raise voices against heaven and earth: these are they, whose portions are only in this life; but those whose eyes have been cast on the horizon of eternity, are not moved at the decay, loses and ebbing away of anything down here, for they know that earthly comforts are seminaly short-lived. Whatever comes to earth, becomes subject to corruption: witness manna, food of angels and the corns of heaven, which when God sent it to feed His people, could not stay more than a day, bred worms: such are every and anything that is of earth-born. Friends, when eternity enters our eyes, constancy in godliness would become ours. He whose eyes have not seen the reality of eternity, would be constant only in inconstancy, toss to and fro by temporal sublunary nothings. Heaven in the eyes, makes the eyes to look down on things here on earth. Why do people war and pierce their hearts with many sorrow, but for lack of eternity and heaven in their eyes? Jesus, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, because heaven was in His eyes. Heaven and eternity in the eyes, would make a man to walk to his death with joy; persecutions and threath would be nothing and the fear of death would give way to the love of death: for, to him, death is the begining of that endless life that has created midst in his eyes toward earthly things. Brothers and sisters, may we be granted the lens whereby we could see the other world. Amen.