Living in the Shadow of Eternity

The end of all things is at hand;
therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.
And above all things have fervent love for one another,
for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

1 Peter 4:7-8

We’re on our way to eternity, but until then, you and I face all the challenges of being in the world today. So how do we best live in the shadow of eternity? How should the nearness of Jesus Christ’s return affect our daily lives?

Regarding yourself—Purpose to be more alert to eternal perspective. Battle the natural tendency to get wrapped up in this world. Don’t set your affection on the things of this earth, such as possessions, social status, and investment portfolios. Instead, focus your attention and desires on things above: “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

Regarding others—With the heart of Christ, be aware of your responsibilities to God’s people. Love them with the love God has extended to you. He wants your life and love to be centered on Him and His people, not on the things of this world. God’s call is to love, to lodge, and to look out for your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Prayer is our stabilizer, our constant reminder. Pray today for a godly and eternal perspective that will influence your daily life for holy living.

Father, I look to You for Your grace and Your strength. As I live in the shadow of eternity, help me embrace all that today offers that has its roots in You. I want to learn more about You, serve and love others more, and offer my praise to You each day. Amen.

Read Living in the Shadow of Eternity on Elizabeth & Jim George.

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