Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2).
You most likely have heard that as believers we are to have an eternal perspective. But let me start with a question (or two): how often do you think about death or life after death? What about eternity or better yet how often do you think about heaven?
The truth of the matter is that if we really lived with an eternal perspective, we would most likely live differently. Our interactions with others would possibly change.
Our values and the things we place as most important may morph a bit. Our jobs and careers and the goals we strive and attain might differ. The things we fear or worry about would cease. And so on.
Think of it this way: if you knew today was our last day, what would you do differently?
The point to drive home here is this — Paul encourages us to set our eye on what is above not what is here in this life. His point is that when we live with “selfish” passion, longing to make the most of this life, setting our sights on what we want, and caving to our flesh, we fail to see the mission we were given and the sacrifice that was made for us on the cross.
Holding an eternal perspective changes everything! It gives us hope — a hope that we will have life (a way much better life) after this one. Hope that what we do here and now matters to God.
Hope that we will one day not have to endure hardships, pain, or suffering. Hope that we will be reunited with those we love, and there will be peace, joy, and harmony (Revelations 7:15-17).
Friend, heaven should be our focus! What we look forward to! What we strive to live for, today, and every day. Go into this beautiful fall season with that mindset and see if your life changes.
I pray that as you head into the beautiful season of autumn that God softly touches your heart and woos you into His presence. May you place your thoughts on His abundant blessings and find ways to soak in His peace this time of year. Happy Fall!
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