“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
Have you ever really stopped to just think about eternity? I mean really think about it? When we truly contemplate the reality that we will live eternally, it is a concept that has the potential to blow our minds. But the reality is true: We were made for eternity! God never created us with the intention that we would someday perish. Sin is what brought death into the world, but that was never God’s intent. The Scripture above states that “He has also set eternity in the human heart.” This means that, in our hearts, we have a longing to live eternally. There is something in us that points us toward a greater reality than we currently comprehend.
Because of this truth, I would venture to say that everyone on the earth has a longing somewhere deep down in their hearts to experience the reality of eternity. I think that even those who would not admit to this desire, such as atheists, still do have some sort of longing for eternity deep down in their hearts. This is because we are created with this longing, whether we realize it or agree with it or not!
And think about this: The reality of eternity is much greater than our present reality. Many of the things we think are so important right now won’t even seem to matter at all when we stand face-to-face with eternity. The Scripture, in James 4:14, tells us: “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Yet, how we live this “mist” of a life profoundly affects how we will spend our eternal destiny.
So, what is your choice? When you reach the end of your life and look back, what did you do with the “mist” you were given? How much of it did you waste away? How much of it was spent on your phone, your iPad, your video games, or your television? How much of it was spent in quality time with your family? How much of it was spent in quality time with God and in leading others to Him? We will have to give an account of our lives before God.
The Scripture states that the parts of our life that were wasted away will be burned up like fire at the end (1 Cor. 3:13-15). When we get to the end, what will we have to show for? What will the Lord say to us? I want to make my life on this earth count for as much as possible. This life on the earth is so short as it is; I don’t have time to waste. It’s time for the people of God to live with an eternal perspective, making every moment count, and glorifying God through it all. After all, this is what truly matters.