Out of Time
1 John 2:17 (NASB®)
The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
This verse brings to mind a reality that we need to be conscious of, and that is the difference between time and eternity. Right now we are creatures of time. We live in temporary bodies of flesh and blood, and they simply indicate that we have been invited into the game. But when our physical bodies cease to function and we step out of time, we will continue in eternity. The invitation of Scripture is to use this brief season in time to prepare for eternity. So often, we only consider our identity in the context of now. I’m a teenager, or I’m a senior. I don’t have kids yet, or my kids are grown. Our self-description and self-awareness is almost entirely focused on who we are in time. The prophetic Word of God is a powerful reminder that we need to live with a very significant awareness of eternity because our entire story, the total evaluation of our lives, will not be told in time.
Heavenly Father, how I long for and look forward to eternity with You! My imaginings of it surely pale in comparison to the glory it holds. Make my days fruitful for Your Kingdom purposes while I am alive in the earth, but keep my vision focused on eternity. Come, Lord Jesus! In His name I pray, amen.