Monday, August 12, 2013

How To Practice For Eternity

By Kristen Leigh Evensen
Losing track of time is a gifted ability to possess, I'm convinced.
I'll never forget the moment when a loved one said aloud, with utter confidence, "Time...just doesn't matter much to me." I remember laughing first, then thinking, How is that even possible?

So often my life is run by a timetable. What about you? Places to go, work to be completed, people to see, meals to plan, deadlines to meet...the list goes on and on. My goal is in sight, and I move forward with a diligent plan, problem solving and checking items off my list.

Check. Check. Double check. Toss the post-it note. (Does anyone else get a strange satisfaction from drawing lines through your to-do's?)

Sometimes, though, time drives me nuts. Why? There just does not seem enough of it! Pretty soon, I am engulfed by an insane amount of tasks, wondering how they will all get completed in time. There it is again--in time. And losing track of it? No way, Jose. Not me.

But what about those moments that remind us of the transience of earthly time? Those beautiful pictures that override human time with glimpses of eternity and our God's glory?

I had one of those moments two weekends ago.

Sitting beneath the warm, golden rays with a pristine lake stretching out before me, I submitted to the beauty of God's glory. Time seemed to stand still, as the laughter of friends floated in the air. The vastness of God's creation was evident. And I could embrace its majesty, in all its fullness, not giving any thought to the time that was passing.

Time is a gift from God. He has ordained all things in accordance with His plan from before time began. When Christ comes again and claims His children forever, losing track of time will be an ever-present reality. Someday in glory we we worship our Sovereign God in spirit and in truth, without end:


11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” (Revelation 7)

I ponder today how we can practice the timelessness that will be ours in Christ someday. Eternity will involve unceasing worship; so let us practice unceasing worship here and now. Some questions we can ask ourselves are:

Does this decision honor Jesus as Lord? 
How does God's grace compel me away from this sin? 
How can I submit this situation to Christ? 
What would it look like to walk by faith, and not by sight?

By our very lives, we can worship our living God:

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship (Romans 12:1).

We can submit to Christ's lordship, trust His righteous work on our behalf, and thank Him for being our Savior when we never deserved it. We can live our lives in light of the timelessness of eternity, knowing that our future awaits us in glory!

Eternal Father, Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! 

Amen.

Take four minutes and worship the Lord through song, simply for who He is. Consider that Christ is the one for whom your heart was created to hunger. Share with us below: Lord, I worship You, for You are________. 

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