“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16
The truth is that we all live here for a short amount of time and then begins eternity. The difficult part of grasping that truth is, well, grasping that truth. Our finite minds can’t begin to fathom the vastness of eternity. If we tried and got close I think our heads would explode. But just because something is hard to grasp doesn’t mean we should quit trying right? God is hard to grasp, but we try our best to understand Him! The question for you is this: will you use this life as preparation for the next, or will you waste it?
Sometimes God gives me a sneak peak into how huge eternity is. It usually only lasts for a few seconds, but for those few seconds it’s as if I feel the weight of it all. It’s as if my life, all of our lives, are put into proper perspective. And those few seconds usually motivate me for days. See, we place so much weight on our lives here, not understanding that the Bible refers to them as a mist, a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow. And then what? Eternity. Eternity is not a mist, it’s not a vapor. It is everlasting. Shouldn’t we place more emphasis on it than we already do?
I’m not saying this life isn’t meant to be enjoyed. I try to squeeze as much joy out of life as I possibly can. The trick, I think, is to find joy in the right things. Check out this quote from C.S. Lewis.
“If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
Let’s not waste our days on things that don’t matter and don’t last. Let’s endeavor to live as if we truly believe this life is but a vapor. It’s here and then it’s gone. The Bible tells us in Ephesians to look carefully how we walk; to make sure we are wise and that we make the best use of our time because the days are evil. There is much work to do be done for us as Christians. Jesus hasn’t come back yet so there must be more to do! I want to encourage you to live with the end in mind, but don’t miss the journey. Rather, let eternity fuel all that you do in the here and now so that, in the end, you’ll be ready.
What did I miss? How else will living in light of eternity change the way we live now? Let me know in the comments.