(1 Timothy 6:17-19) Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. ABOUT EARTHLY LIFE àLife is short. (James 4:14) Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (Psalm 144:14) Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow. àEarth is a place we visit. Heaven is our home. (Philippians 3:19b-21) Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. àYou will eventually let go of everything you now have. (1 Timothy 6:7) For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. IMPLICATIONS OF ETERNITY
1. Don’t miss the opportunities you have. (1 Corinthians 3:13-14) Their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.
2. Focus on heaven’s possibilities, not on earth’s troubles. (Hebrews 11.25-26) He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
3. We will never miss what we invest in eternity. (Ecclesiastes 11.1a) Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.