Are Your Eyes Fixed on Eternity?

“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”  1 John 2:17

How do you spend your evenings? Do you settle on the couch, your eyes fixed on a screen, regardless of the device you use, trying to be entertained? Maybe you watch movies, your favorite reality television shows, play games, surf the internet, spend time on social media? Or you work towards an overly spotless home, so well-organized you can’t even find a moment to wind down? While entertainment and cleanliness are okay, how much time do you spend on these things?

What do you feed your mind with? Your choices reveal your hunger – that is, the hunger of your heart.

Either you have an appetite for life or for death. Oh! Did I say death? Yes, you can choose to build yourself up spiritually towards life or death.

Maybe, by default, the world and death are entering your life because the remote control or social media notifications guide you. I encourage you to be intentional about how you spend your time. Don’t permit yourself to develop a hunger for things that don’t lead to life.

Let us be careful to watch the direction of our desires. Spend quality time with our loved ones, build strong relationships. Carry each other’s burdens, so God can fulfill his purposes in our lives (Galatians 6:2). Whether we are single or in a relationship, we can love others by offering a helping hand. Become closer to God by spending time reading his word; this is how we will more easily recognize his voice.

Let us fix our eyes and hearts on eternity. Be purposeful in growing in the Lord. Relax from busy tasks that may distract you toward death, and ask God to help you to do his will. What would you prefer – to live a worldly and fearful life that leads to spiritual death? Or to live out the will of God?

Dear Father God, help me to live with eternity in my heart every day. Allow me to hear your voice clearly and give me power to live out your will. In Jesus’ name I ask.

Be mindful of your thoughts and your desires and how you spend your time.

By Fab Batsakis
Used by Permission

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