But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
~ 2 Peter 3:8
Only two things on earth will go into eternity — God's Word and people. God has placed us here to grow in Christ and to reproduce the life of Christ in others. Each of us has specific opportunities to do this in our own spheres of influence, and as we abide in Christ and let His words abide in us, we will bear lasting fruit (John 15:7-8), and the living God will confirm the work of our hands.
Paul had only two days on his calendar: “today” and “that day” (the day he would be with the Lord). He had a heart of wisdom because he lived each today in light of that day. Because he daily reminded himself of the real purpose for his sojourn on earth, he cultivated an eternal perspective that influenced all his work and all his relationships. In 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, he summarized the vision that determined the course of his life:
“For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Lord, let me always live for eternity. Amen.
~ Ken Boa
Dr. Boa is devoted to a ministry of relational evangelism and discipleship, teaching, writing, and speaking. He holds a B.S. in astronomy from Case Institute of Technology, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from New York University, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in England. Visit his website at KenBoa.org.