One of the wisest men ever was King Solomon. In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon says that God has set eternity in our hearts! That is a profound statement. I cannot imagine what that invokes in you, but for me it exposes a lot of wasted time and energy that I have spent trying to ‘fit into’ the world around me. I am learning that eternity does not describe most of my world thus far. Too much concern for the peripherals of life. Too much emphasis on the world’s definition of fulfillment, love, happiness, etc. Let’s face it-too much ME!
God, Who is continuing to bring healing to my soul, is revealing a mound of insecurities that the enemy has used to keep me pressed down and ineffective. However, I have found and can proclaim that ”Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world”…ah, ha! For that I praise His name. Now the key is to discern the difference. Like so many, I have had a skewed perspective on life and what it is all about.
This world is not my home I’m just passing through
my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue…
(and then it finishes with)
I can’t feel at home in this world any more.
So where are we laying up our treasures? This is a question worthy of our personal reflection. You may be familiar with this Scripture from Matthew 6:20,21:
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
I have heard some well known Bible teachers mention “just look at your check book if you want to see where you are laying up your treasures.” Solomon tells us the truth when he says that God has placed eternity in our hearts, but most of us are not… Click To Tweet Dare I say most of us are living as though this world is all there is.
Let me ask you (as I question myself), what treasures are you investing in? Worldly or heavenly? You see if I am going to be overly concerned with fitting into the worlds ways (which my insecurities tend to push me toward) then I am forsaking looking beyond today to gratify immediate worldly (or as the Word puts it ‘fleshly’ desires.)
Have you ever thought of the perspective between our life on this earth and eternity? I think it is an amazing picture of contrast much like looking at a model of the solar system as we compare the size of the smaller planets to the sun. Or our galaxy to the rest of space, a bit difficult to put in perspective. But that being said, for myself, I need to keep tracking on purposeful living, with an eternal perspective!
Let me close with one very simple thought that God has used to spur me on to the right path, “Love God and love others.” Not that it is an easy transition, but I can be intentional about simply loving God. Daily spending some time with Him, enjoying His presence and then freely letting Him mess with my old patterns of living as He shows me my world through His lens. The rest is up to me to willingly begin to lay up my treasures in heaven for His glory!