Monday, November 17, 2014

How to live fully in the moment with eternity in mind

Live in the present. Be all here. Don't worry about tomorrow. Today has enough trouble all by itself.

Live in light of eternity. Keeping the future in mind gives us what we need to live with healthy perspective. 

Well, which is it?

It's both.

We obsess about tomorrow. And often it leads to worry. We worry about Friday's test or Wednesday morning's high-level meeting. We worry about becoming a parent for the first time or about that second job interview. We often let things in the near future rob us of fully living in the moment. As a result, we often miss those moments consumed with anxiety and stress.

Jesus told his disciples, 

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:33-34 NIV)

We also forget that life is short. Sure, 80+ years sounds like a long time. Long, that is, until you think about how long eternity is. Billions of billions of years...plus. Then life starts to feel insignificant. 

But, if we consider this idea long enough, we start to see the wisdom in considering how our life will impact eternity. And we adjust how we live accordingly. Wisdom is powerful.

The half brother of Jesus writes,

You do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:14 NIV)

The interesting thing is that it's in light of both of these perspectives that we should live. In fact, we really can't live in the moment very well until we live in light of eternity.  

Jesus gave us the remedy for how to live in the hear-and-now, as well as, in light of eternity. He said, "Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you as well." (Matthew 6:33 NIV) In other words, keep Jesus and his agenda your agenda and you'll live fully in the moment with eternity firmly in mind.

Francis Chan does a great job with this idea visually in a message he shares when he speaks about this. I encourage you to listen to it.

Francis Chan - Living in light of Eternity - YouTube


Jul 11, 2011 - Uploaded by joshuatrinity
Francis Chan uses a Rope to get the message of how important it is to live in light of Eternity.

What is God saying to you right now?

What are you going to do about it this week?