Eternal Perspective

Have you ever had an assignment to do for school and said, “Oh I’ll do that tomorrow”? Then tomorrow comes, and you sit down to do it and suddenly find yourself again saying “I’ll do it tomorrow.”  Finally, the due date has come and the assignment is not finished. Tomorrow came and went, and what was supposed to be completed was left unfinished.

I don’t know about you, but in my 18 years of schooling (so far) I have had that happen far too often. I confess, I can be a procrastinator. One thing I am learning lately is that there are things we can do on earth that will be impossible in heaven, and I never want to see the day where I look back and see missed opportunity.

In Scripture, Jesus gives us an assignment—it’s what we call, “The Great Commission.”

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” — Matthew 28:18-20

I don’t know if you’ve ever thought about this, but this assignment is something we can only do on earth. And that time could end at any moment. Eternity is our hope and what we look forward too, but if we aren’t living out our faith now, we could potentially miss out on opportunities that we won’t have on the other side of eternity.

I recently read a book that shared an incredible testimony of God’s goodness through deep pain. The author wrote, “The more passionate you are about setting your soul to heaven’s time zone, the more progress you will make in your calling here on Earth.” We were created to share Jesus with others, to disciple others, to teach others, love people, to serve, to care for the orphan and widow, to show kindness to our neighbour—and all of these things have an unforeseen due date. Do we realize the urgency of our assignment?

You see, we can share Jesus with those around us everyday, whether it’s at school, in your family, to your friends, wherever. But once we reach eternity we won’t be able to do that! So why wait? No need to say “Tomorrow I’ll do that.” We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus now, today, wherever you are planted.

1 Peter 2:9-10 says, “…you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”

As a child of God, you are chosen; you are called, to show God to others. Do today what others won’t and do tomorrow what others can’t. Take advantage of your time here on earth and own every moment, realizing the hope we have and understanding that there are things this side of heaven that will be impossible in eternity. Let’s make the most of every moment – agreeing together to take God at His word and participate in His Great Commission.

Don’t treat this assignment like I do my schoolwork sometimes. Understand the urgency. Forget saying “tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow” and own every moment. Because you are God’s children, you can show his goodness to others now. So why wait?

Eternity is coming – let’s do now what will be impossible then.

— Julie Hunter