Opinion

Eternal perspective

2 Corinthians 4:17-18:

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

It is amazing how quickly time flies by and how even more quickly individual moments of our lives become faded memories. While we are living in a particular moment it feels to us that nothing could possibly ever be more important, or bigger, or harder, or more joyful, or more heartbreaking, or whatever emotions that moment carries. But, time does move on and moments become memories and perspective changes.

While growing up in Webster City, I won the citywide fith-grade spelling bee. In that moment it felt like nothing could possibly be bigger. But as you can imagine it didn’t take much life experience to learn that feeling was not the proper perspective. As I write this I am watching the PCG Players Championship. It is likely that Brooks Koepka will win and in doing so will take home $1.98 million dollars. Last night I watched Kyle Larson win the Monster Energy All-Star Race and take home $1 million dollars. However, these moments, no matter how grand, or how profitable, will someday be just memories, and once again perspective will change how we view it. When you talk to a young person about a dating relationship that has broken up, or needs to, what is it you hear? “My life is over,” or “You just ruined my life.” But someday perspective will change this too, and that moment will also be just a memory.

God in His Word calls us to a bigger perspective than just a moment in life – no matter what that moment may be. God calls us to an eternal perspective. We are in fact called to “not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth ... but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” Throughout His Word He reminds us that this life, and all that it holds, is temporary. The highest of joys and the lowest of heartaches both pale in comparison to the eternal glory of His presence. The biggest bank account will mean nothing in the face of His majesty and the lowest poverty will be utterly forgotten as we reign with the Creator of the universe.

As we learn to live each moment of this life with an eternal perspective we will begin to understand the difference between the eternal and the temporary. As we grow in faith with our eyes upon God, regardless of what each moment may bring, we will come to know the fullness of His joy, the freedom of His peace, and the strength of His grace. And as we learn to take our Heavenly Father at His word we will not only see that He has called us to an eternal perspective but that he also promises to make it worth it with “an eternal weight of glory.”