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Men, has the Lord placed a devotional on your heart that you would like to share with other standers?
Once again the Christmas season is upon us. All around us, there are signs of the beginning of the season. First, the weather is getting cooler, and several states have had snow. Christmas lights are making their appearance in our neighborhoods and in our homes Christmas trees are going up. Such is the case at my house.
Yet, sadly to say, the secular world is bent upon the here and now and the remembrance of the birth of the Christ Child is furthest from their minds. There were ‘Black Friday’ sales only to be followed by ‘Cyber Monday’ sales. Commercialism is in full swing as retailers try desperately to turn the red ink on their books to black. They are looking through the lens of short-term goals without keeping a focus on the long-term ones. As Christians, we need to keep our focus long-term by developing in each of our hearts an Eternal Perspective. Let us look at a few scriptures as we focus our attention again to the ‘reason for the season’…Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:16-18
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36 (KJV)
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”…”They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Matthew 25:31-34, 41, 44-46 (Click to read the whole passage Matthew 25:31-46)
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
There are so many scriptures that point us to the Way of the Cross. These few scriptures point to why we are here on this earth. If you haven’t realized, each of us is in ‘boot camp’ for we are being readied and trained for the ‘hereafter.’ Our entire life is but a training camp, a school, an on-the-job training experience to prepare each of us for where our eternal souls will reside…whether with Jesus and God in Heaven or (if we don’t get the message) spending eternity in Hell in the lake of fire!
So the question dear friends is this…what (or where) is your focus this Christmas season? Is it on acquiring ‘stuff” that is here today but gone tomorrow; or is your focus on helping others…feeding them, clothing them, helping them, sheltering them and consoling those less fortunate than yourselves. Remember that all things come from God for He made them. He also gave each of us the ability to make or acquire things. Acknowledge the fact that we are stewards of what He has supplied us. All He asks is that we do not hoard it, but share a portion of our blessings with others in Christian love. Look now at the words of the Apostle Paul as he leaves Ephesus:
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35
Paul had his Eternal Perspective in view as he left Ephesus for Jerusalem. He gave of himself, not counting what others owed him. His Eternal Perspective was on Jesus and life eternal with Him and God.
What is your Eternal Perspective?
Ben in Texas