2. Do I suffer from myopia (near-sightedness), living only for the present with no regard for eternity?
We live in a culture that is very NOW oriented! Whenever we want something, we want it NOW! Delayed gratification is something of the past! And because of this – people get buried in personal indebtedness!
However, we who have chosen to follow Jesus Christ must look beyond today … to a bigger and better TOMORROW that is called eternity! The Bible is full of reminders of just how brief our earthly life is – here are two powerful images:
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 (James 4:14).
You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new grass of the morning—though in the morning it springs up new, by evening it is dry and withered (Psalm 90:5-6).
So our lives are like a puff of steam …or a blade of grass – here for a few moments and then gone! Yet we seem blind to this reality as we go about our days while giving no thought to our eternal existence which will be ours forever! God understands our shortcomings in this area and so he has placed reminders for us throughout the New Testament (Matthew 6:19-20; Colossians 3:2).
Imagine yourself taking a vacation during which you were to spend a night at a Holiday Inn. You arrive mid evening … and after checking in … you notice that the wall paper in the room is starting to peal … so you head out to the local Walmart – to purchase all you need to replace the wall paper. You then head back to the room and spend half the night removing the old wall paper and putting up the new. Absurd? Yes! It would not even cross your mind to do this. Why? Because that Holiday Inn is not your home!
How silly we must look to God investing so much into this life, when we are merely passing through… on our way to our true home in eternity!
So ask yourself … Do I suffer from myopia (near-sightedness), living only for the present with no regard for eternity?
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