The proximity and certainty of His future glory redefines everything, giving us the freedom to pursue our passions, here and now, but always with eternity in mind.
That is one crazy question.
Why do we do the things we do? What are we trying to accomplish? These are fundamental questions we are constantly asking, using different forms and propelled by different reasons.
The answer(s) we may give is affected by our perspective. And our perspective is influenced by what’s happening in our personal life, in our family, in our community.
Often, it is difficult to see the forest because of the trees.
But the fact that, regardless of circumstances, His eternity and future glory are coming at us, quickly, should reset that perspective. In other words, our engagement with the here and now should be define in terms if what is to come.
That eternity with Him, that place with Him in His glory should redefine the reasons we do what we do.
Scripture has convinced me that if the reason we do anything and everything, here and now, is not to prepare people for that future glory, we are doing it then for the wrong reason. In other words, Scripture has convinced me that I am living in a tension between the demands of this life and the rapidly approaching eternity.
Living in that tension may sound stressful: What should I do? Should I be mindful of the needs, demands, and opportunities of the present life? Should I live my life expecting to enter into His glory at any minute?
And considering both, living in that tension there is freedom. I am not longer define by my performance. I am not enslaved by the definitions of success and failure. Uncertainty has not a hold on me any longer. My place with Him in His glory is secured, 100% for sure, because of who He is (the Triune God of the Universe) and what He has done (He has worked redemption for me).
In the tension between this life and eternity I am free to think and hope and expect that day, while I remain concerned about and engaged with the here and now.
Why do you what you do?
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.