Friday, February 3, 2012
ONLY ETERNITY IS ULTIMATELY IMPORTANT
By: W. Kroll
It looked as though both the hero and the heroine of the Western movie were doomed. They were surrounded by a pack of cattle thieves intent on making sure neither left that place alive. One of the little boys in the front row of the theater sniffed, “If he had kept his eye on the gang instead of the girl, this never would have happened!”
Unfortunately, all of us are guilty of having our eyes on the wrong thing – especially when it comes to the matter of eternity. We get so caught up in the here and now that we forget eternity is far more important.
Eternity will last an awfully long time (in fact, using eternity and time in the same sentence is an oxymoron; they don’t logically belong together, like sanitary and landfill). God’s wisdom urges us to face the fact that the earthly part of life is brief (Prov. 27:1) and that we will spend far more of our life in eternity than anywhere else. Therefore, we need to look at our accomplishments as we will see them on eternity’s morning, when our earthly years will be behind us. What will be important on that great and glorious morning? Money? No, that will be gone, never to come back again. Position? That will have passed away forever as well. Pleasure and comfort? Those, too, will be irrelevant.
But we will value two things with all our being: the first is to know that God had His way and His will in our lives, and the second is to know that precious souls whom we influenced are standing around God’s throne.
We make an eternal investment when growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ is a priority in our lives. We have an eye on eternity when we give of our substance and of our time to help others come to know Christ as their Savior and Lord. Jesus commanded us to “lay up for (our)selves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matt. 6:20). All other monetary investments pale by comparison.