Eternity

Day 13: Fix Your Eyes on Eternity!

13 May 2024

3.1 MINS

Intention

To help us focus on the things that ultimately matter, for all of eternity.

Scripture

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

– 2 Corinthians 4:16–18

Reflection

My 15-year-old son Matt passed away a month ago. He was diagnosed with a rare aggressive brain cancer on 1 August last year. We are obviously heartbroken, but we are not devastated, as we have immense hope.

Matt knows Jesus and we know that he is ‘safe in Christ’ now. We will see him again!

Jesus took our punishment on the cross. He rose from the dead proving He is God and has the power over death and hell. Through Jesus, we have the victory!

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Cor 15:55)

It is interesting during times like these, how a lot of things that felt so important before now seem so trivial.

When we reflect, we can see that so much of our lives don’t really matter too much in the light of eternity. Ultimately only knowing Jesus matters, and making Him known.

These are the things that make a difference for all of eternity. Where we end up, and how many others we were able to encourage to come as well.

This is why the gospel is so important. It is the power of God for everyone who believes (Rom 1:16). This is why in 2 Corinthians 4, Paul is encouraging us to focus on the unseen things – those things that will last.

Paul talks about the suffering and trials we go through. They are momentary, and we must keep our eyes on the prize. And suffering for the cause of Christ leads us to an “eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Cor 4:17).

What can we all do to invest in eternity? Pray, praise and preach!

Pray daily for those you know who don’t know Christ. Who is on your prayer list?

Praise God for His goodness. I have been singing the song, “The Goodness of God”, almost every day since Matt’s diagnosis, to declare that regardless of circumstances, God is good!

Preach the gospel. If you need help with how to do this, download the G7 app to help, it has an internal tutorial on how to use it.

Saturday 18th May is GO Day. Last year over 34 million Christians were involved in sharing the gospel to hundreds of millions of people! About eight million decisions for Christ were recorded. Will you be a part of the team this year? You could arrange a coffee with someone who doesn’t know Christ and share how Jesus has changed your life. What about sharing a gospel video on social media? Have a look at this one:

Video

Prayer

Father, we thank you for the hope we have of eternal life through Jesus Christ. We thank you that you are good, all the time! We thank you for the opportunities that we have to impact other’s lives around us. Help us to pray, praise and preach and in so invest in eternal things. Give us courage and wisdom as we seek to lovingly share your wonderful gospel with others. Amen.

Author Bio

Stuart MillarStuart is the Australian Coordinator for GO Movement and the founder of Train to Proclaim Inc. He is passionate about equipping Christians around the world to share the gospel in a loving and jargon-free way. He has produced a number of training videos, a free downloadable evangelism course, and gospel resources including the G7 (Gospel in 7) app.

Prayer Points and Purpose for GO Month 2024

  1. To worship Jesus and give extravagant praise to God. 1 Chron 16:23–31.
  2. To pray for revival, repentance and deliverance for Australia and for millions to find Christ. Acts 2:1–41.
  3. To pray for five people by name to find Christ and share the gospel with those five in May. Matt 28:18–20.

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