What are some things that are of greatest importance to you?
Is it having a great job or making a lot of money?
Is it getting married as well as having children and grandchildren?
Is it owning a house and accumulating things?
Is it being happy and having a good time?
Is it helping others and being a good person?
All these things are good and important, but what should be of greatest importance in our lives?
The two things of greatest importance in our lives is having an intimate relationship with God. Secondly, it is making a difference in light of eternity. What I mean by making a difference in light of eternity is that our actions should have eternal results. In other words, we should be heavenly minded. Yet, our feet or actions should be grounded in our temporal reality. We need to bring change in this world and try to make it a better place for all without sacrificing those things of eternal value. The Bible says the things we see and touch are fleeting. It will all be destroyed by fire one day. Then God will make a new heaven and a new earth. The physical elements will not last. It is those spiritual elements that will endure.
2 Corinthians 4:18 – “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Matthew 24:35 – “35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (The heaven spoken here is the sky or atmosphere. The orbiting plants and stars.)
Hebrews 12:26-27 – “At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”[a] 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.”
Who are some people in the Bible who made an eternal difference?
Joseph who because of his purity and faithfulness to God saved God’s people from famine. Therefore, establishing God’s plan through Israel.
Moses who delivered God’s people out of bondage, and God through him gave the law.
Joshua who brought God’s people into the promise land in order that they could be a nation of priests, and show God’s righteousness, goodness, and power.
Peter, James, John and Paul who were key instruments in bringing the Gospel to the whole world of their day.
Our life should impact those around us for Christ. Our actions should further God’s purposes. What we do should bring glory to God. We should be helping people in their relationship with God and the body of Christ.
To make a difference for eternity we must know who we are in Christ and our destiny.
Philippians 3:20-21 – “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”
We need to take hold of this truth. When we realize that we are citizens of heaven. The things of this earth will no longer have the greatest priority. We will not be overly attached to this world or physical life. We will be more spiritually minded. Not spiritual in the sense of holiness, but in the sense of things not seen or touched. We will be looking for the complete fulfillment of our redemption. We will be longing for the day to see Christ face to face, and receiving our spiritual (eternal) bodies.
I Peter 2:9 – “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
We need took take hold of this verse because we will look at ourselves totally different. It speaks of our identity, our position, and our purpose. When we believe these truths, we will live with purpose, and not for ourselves. The end result will be taking actions that affect us and those around us eternally. Our thought processes will not be earthly bound. We will no longer think or act like those who are living for the present or near future. We will no longer focus on self or others. Our focus will be on our relationship with God, and ushering other people into the same relationship we have. God will be in control of our life and possessions because we understand God’s higher purpose for us and humanity.
2 Timothy 2:4 – “No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”
We are soldiers in Christ’s army. Many times, we don’t feel like it. Yet, this does not change the fact that this is what we are. Sometimes we are resting in the camp. Other times we are in training. Then when we are called upon, we go into battle. No matter what we are doing in the army of God right now, we must guard ourselves from being entangled by sin. We must not allow anything to way us down that would hinder us in God’s service, like people, possessions and cares of life.
Matthew 6:19-21 – ““Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
When we live life in light of eternity, the eternal is more important than the present gains.
How do we store up these treasures in heaven?
1) Obedience to Christ
2) Saving souls & making disciples.
3) Helping the needy – widow, orphan, poor
4) Giving to the kingdom work or doing the kingdom work.
5) Serving the ministers of the gospel through abilities, gifts, and hospitality.
What are some practical ways that you are making a difference for eternity?
- Intercessory prayer.
- Sacrificial giving to the kingdom of God.
- Being a witness in word and deed.
- Enabling ministers of the gospel through the ministry of helps.
- Fulfilling the calling or gift God has given.
Ask the Lord today to help you make a difference for eternity. This is what really counts. When you take hold of this truth, your life will not be the same.