An Eternal Perspective

God is eternal. The psalmist wrote:

Before the mountains were born, before You gave birth to the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity, You are God (Psalm 90:2)

Your throne has been established from the beginning; You are from eternity (Psalm 93:2)

Because God is eternal, He is not limited by time, nor is He contained by it: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Rev. 22:13). God was before time, is now, and will be after time has passed away. Rather than being bound by the chronology we know, God completely surrounds and contains time.

God created time for the benefit of humanity. He created us and placed us in time so that we would have the opportunity to enter a relationship with Him, know Him, and learn to walk with Him. God even delays the coming of the end of the world so that more people will have opportunity to know Him and be saved: “The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).

Although we live in time now, God created us for eternity. The writer of Ecclesiastes put it this way: “He has also put eternity in their hearts” (3:11). Therefore, we must learn to live for eternity, not for time. We are to live our lives in time with eternity as the backdrop. Because God is eternal, we cannot serve Him thinking in terms of time alone. And Scripture reminds us that our time on earth is brief:

Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk-not as unwise people but as wise-making the most of the time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:15-16).

Now the end of all things is near; therefore, be serious and disciplined for prayer. Above all, maintain an intense love for each other, since love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:7-8)

These passages convey a sense of urgency that should shape a believer’s perspective. We have little time on earth, yet what we do here affects eternity. We need to live with an eternal perspective in everything we do as believers, walking with wisdom, praying to the One with whom we will spend eternity, and loving other people. An eternal perspective points us to what is lasting and to what is free from earthly distractions. Diligence in our spiritual walk, discipline in prayer, and loving attentiveness to others are investments in our relationships with God and others-things that will last through eternity.

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