GETTING REAL LIFE

Your real life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3 NLT

There’s more to life than your present life on earth. It’s important to remember that your life is eternal. What really counts are the things that last forever. The logic of heaven is often at odds with the logic of the world, and it’s human nature to adjust your thinking to match up with the world you can see. But God calls you ti use spiritual eyes to see the big picture and to include the eternal and invisible in your worldview. When you realize that this life is only the beginning, you can begin to live the good life that God has mapped out for you.

You’ve probably had a strange dream that seemed as real as life. It’s funny how your mind tries to adjust to the twisted logic of the dream world. You don’t stop to ask why you would have decided to do your class presentation in your underwear, or how a crocodile got into your kitchen, or why spider-man is your student body president. As long as you’re in the dream, that’s your reality. Then you wake up, and you laugh to think that you ever could have mistaken such weirdness for real life.

There’s sense in which your earthly life can be like one of those dreams. You constantly find yourself immersed in a logic that you know to be false. The movies say that sex should be casual. Advertisements tell you that things are more important than people. Magazines give the impression that you’re too fat if you don’t look like the people on their covers.

You know that’s not right when you take a step back and try to see the world as it must look from heaven. And yet the things of earth seem so real, so solid. That’s not to say your life on earth is less than real. But it’s only a shot episode in a larger life that’s much more real, much weightier. Your earthly life is a tiny dot on the timeline of your eternal life. But because that tiny dot is all you can see with human eyes, sometimes it seems as i9f that’s all there is. If you don’t stay awake to the things of God, your mind tries to adjust to this world’s logic. You conform to the immediately apparent reality, and your life looks less and less like the life God has in store for you.

What Matters Most

Being in the world but not of it. You have a foot in two worlds.

Staying awake to the things of God. The things you can’t see are often more real than the things you can see.

Knowing that the “good life” is a life spent in God’s presence.

Seeing the big picture. spiritual farsightedness can save you a lot of heartache.

Looking to the Scriptures to know what’s important. The Bible is a reliable guide.

What Doesn’t Matter

Earthly priorities. Your true priorities are set by God.

Material values. The things that last aren’t material.

Superficial status symbols. In Christ you have incredible status.

False idols. There is only one true God.

Other people’s opinions of you. You know who you are in Christ.

 

Focus Points

We don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever. 2Corinthians 4:18 NLT

Faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us of the existence of things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 GOD’S WORD

Lead me in the everlasting way. Psalm139:24 NASB

God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 1 John 5:11 NKJV

The fear of the LORD leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction. Proverbs 19:23

 

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.

It is vanity to desire a long life and to take no heed of a good life.

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Author: Joseph Oladokun

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