“It’s hard to live with eternity in view. Life does shrink to the moment again and again. There are moments when it seems the most important thing in life is getting through this traffic, winning this argument, or satisfying this sexual desire. There are moments when our happiness and contentment shrink to getting those shoes or to the steak that is just ten minutes away. There are moments when who we are, Who God is, and where this whole thing is going shrink into the background of the thoughts, emotions and needs of the moment. There are moments when we get lost in the middle of God’s story. We lose our minds, we lose our sense of direction, and we lose our remembrance of Him.
God reminds us that this is not all there is, that we were created and re-created in Christ Jesus for eternity. He reminds us not to live for the treasures of the moment, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19-20).
Think about this: if God has already granted you a place in eternity, then He has also granted you all the grace you need along the way, or you’d never get there. There is grace for our fickle and easily distracted hearts. There is rescue for our self-absorption and lack of focus. The God of eternity grants you His eternal grace so that you can live with eternity in view.”
(~Paul David Tripp, New Morning Mercies)
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