Eternity

Dear Fellow-Disciple:

Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, (Hebrews 10:19,20).

Calvary is not an end in itself, but the beginning of everything. It is a new starting point for the realization of God's full thought for the destiny of man.

There is more to the existence of man than we see through our physical eyes. Many of the parables of Jesus point to eternity. In Matthew 6:19,20, He tells us to lay up treasure in heaven. He doesn't tell us to accumulate points to win a bigger mansion than anyone else. Competition is worldly, not heavenly.

"For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his deeds." (Matthew 16:27)

"And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name's sake, shall receive many times as much, and shall inherit eternal life." (Matthew 19:29)

It is time to understand that we are in a type of spiritual boot camp. Our existence on earth is to prepare us for our existence in eternity. It is comforting to think that we will spend eternity playing harps, but that is carnal myopia.

We need to see things from an eternal perspective. Spiritual ascendancy is contingent upon spiritual growth, and spiritual growth is made one step at a time. Our earthly experience is a journey to prepare us for our eternal purpose.

"Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?

Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.

Truly I say to you, that he will put him in charge of all his possessions." (Matthew 24:45-47)

God has given us our great commission (Matthew 28:19,20). Those of us who follow His commands will be better prepared to take responsibility in the eternal realm.

Training requires discipline, testing and dedicated focus upon our Lord and His intention for our lives. Unless we understand this and persist in the midst of our trials, we may find ourselves dying in the wilderness as the Israelites did.

We can expend much energy, have much longing and aspiration, perform much service and much religious devotion and activity, yet never get through the wilderness. Like the Israelites, we can continue in one great circle until we die.

Attempting to work for God in our own natural energy, closes the way for the energy of the Holy Spirit. Mental striving to understand spiritual truth, likewise closes access to spiritual revelation. Our wilderness is limited by the horizon of our senses. We must break down this natural barrier to see that everything about God is supernatural, including His call on our lives. The supernatural must become the natural for us.

We have only to look into space to see the vastness of the unknown dimensions that exist beyond our understanding. We now have in orbit the strongest telescope man has invented, yet we can penetrate only a few million light years. This seems to be a marvelous accomplishment for man, but it is nothing in the eyes of the One who created eternity.

Isn't it foolish to believe that God created us only for our existence upon earth? If so, why did He create us in His image, which is spirit? (John 4:24) He could have simply given life to our flesh and everything would end at death. Our flesh would return to dust and that would be that.

But He made us in His image, His essence, which is spirit. When we die, we leave our temporary residence of flesh and enter the spiritual dimension with Him. Certainly He has in mind for us more than just sitting around looking at one another and praising Him. His purpose for us is beyond our ability to even speculate about, and we are in boot camp to prepare ourselves for that eternal work.

"I will drive them out before you little by little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land." (Exodus 23:30)

God told the Israelites He would give them the land as they became fruitful. That is what our boot camp is all about. The Lord puts us through some exercise, some experience, or He takes us by some way which contributes to our spiritual expansion.

Through this experience, our spiritual capacity increases. As we increase spiritually, we are able to occupy larger places. Our boundaries increase because we no longer depend upon our sensual understanding, we depend upon Him in an ever-deepening way.

This continual process prepares us not only for our walk on earth, but also for our eternal walk with Him. This is laying up treasure in heaven. Spiritual victory over the forces of darkness corresponds to spiritual growth. Likewise, spiritual growth is essential to spiritual victory and to the enlargement of our territory.

The enemy would have us engrossed with self-crucifixion, but God wants us to focus upon Him and to cooperate with His system for our preparation. Jesus pointed the way and opened the door for us. We simply need to adjust our focus from the natural to the supernatural with our eternal destiny in mind. Our prayer should be the same as the prayer of the blind man, "Lord, that I might receive my sight!"

Jesus is King!

P.S. What are you doing of eternal value?

Question for today: Do I have an eternal perspective, or do I rely upon sensual understanding?