…lay hold on eternal life… (I Timothy 6:12)
Get a grip on the certainty of eternal life. Comprehend it. Apprehend it. Stop living as if this is all there is. Our citizenship is in heaven. We are sojourners just passing through. We may know intellectually that heaven is our real home, but do we live with that reality in mind? Our earthly abode is just a temporary stop along the way. Important? Yes. All important? May it never be!
Preaching the Gospel to ourselves can help us see past our myopic point of view. Jesus did not come for the mere here and now. His sinless life, excruciating death, and victory over the grave are a direct result of God’s love for the world culminating in everlasting life for those who would believe. The Gospel offers deliverance from the past and grants hope for the future. The Gospel gives the present tense an eternal spin. Certainly, without our Lord’s death, burial and resurrection, all mankind would be hopelessly and perpetually lost. Because of the Gospel, our lives take on far-reaching and eternal purposes. “What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”* The Gospel widens our perspective and saves us from a life of despair and pointless living.
Keep your eye on the prize, brothers and sisters! Be thankful for your earthly blessings, but keep in mind that much, much, more is in store. Don’t hang on too tightly. All the bangles and baubles this world has to offer will soon pass away. Hold out for the real thing, a treasure that cannot be stolen nor ever fade away. When trials come, as surely they must this side of heaven, remember that our afflictions are momentary and light when compared to the glory that shall be revealed to us.
This world is not our home. Get a grip.
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel
(See: Rom. 11:36; Mat. 6:19-21; 2 Cor. 4:17; Rom. 8:18; Philippians 3:20-21)
*Westminster Shorter Catechism, emphasis mine