Focus On Eternity

J. D. Conley
October 26, 2014

The late and lamented gospel preacher and Greek scholar, Dowell Flatt, was fond of saying, "The only thing that matters in life is what touches eternity." Brother Flatt was exactly right. He understood this old world and the things of the world have a way of redirecting our focus prompting us to gaze on matters which are eternally unimportant. But in addition to this truth, many of the things we engage in in this life are not even important temporarily. That does not necessarily mean they are sinful, but diligent effort must be made to not let them blur our focus on eternity.

In writing to the Colossians Paul said, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek thosethings which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory" (Col.3:1-4). How much of our life is spent and devoted to seeking things on the earth? We all have jobs and responsibilities that require our attention, but they should not be sought to the exclusion of pursuing those "things above," or relegating eternal things to just being "somewhere in the mix." Since where we end up in eternity is of supreme importance, we must endeavor to "set our affection on things above, not on things on the earth." This means members of the body of Christ must be more concerned about making heavenly deposits, than earthly deposits, (Mt.6:19-21). More concern should be seen in working for the Master, than an employer, (Mt.6:33; Mk.16:15-16; 2Tim.2:21). More affection and interest should be manifest in the saving of souls over a hobby or secular pursuit, (Rom.10:1; Lk.12:16-21). There should be more time invested in a study of God's Word, than perusing the newspaper and surfing the Internet, (Ps.119:112, 148; 2Tim.2:15).

So many things which are vastly less important than eternal matters, vie for our time and affection. If we are not very careful, they can easily shift our focus from being set on eternity, to being locked myopically on the temporal. Let us take to heart what our brother said, "The only thing that matters in life is what touches eternity." If we can so govern our life then we shall "...appear with Him in glory"!