Eternal Perspective

A few years ago we as a family experienced the worst couple of days ever. First of all our dog got hit by a car and died a week later. The very next day we had an “uninvited visitor” having a field day with our stuff while we were not home. Shortly after that he visited us again, just to make sure he didn’t miss anything. He took our laptop, two computers, our taps and a bunch of tools as well as our alarm system. To top it off our pressure pump gave up the ghost, which meant that we didn’t have enough water pressure to use the geyser. And it was winter!

Sometimes it feels so unfair when things like these happen. After all, I live a good life. I don’t hurt others. I don’t steal. I go to church. I pray and read my Bible every day. So why do bad things happen to good people? Why doesn’t God protect me? These are valid questions. Unfortunately the answers are often evasive.

You see, when we ask the question “why did it happen to me?” we think about THIS life. Because in this life it is money and esteem that gives meaning to our lives. The more I possess and the more people like me, the better. And when someone insults me or take my stuff, they threaten this aspect of my life. For the Christian, however, there is more.

We have something else that makes life significant. There is a place where we will one day be united with our God. For the child of God, heaven is real. And this is our hope: this life and everything pertaining to it will pass away but eternity is forever. Therefore we do not live for this life, but for the life that is to come. If money and fame is all there is to your life, you are in a heap of trouble because you can lose everything in the blink of an eye.

In South Africa there is talk of expropriation of property without compensation. But as a child of God I have property that no government can take hold of. Thieves cannot take my true treasure. I do not live for “now”, but for the day when Jesus comes to take me home. I have a promise from God Himself that He is preparing a place for me in heaven (John 14:1-3).

Let us focus not on the things of this earth, but on things that have eternal value.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  – Matthew 6:19-21

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