"The Master of Eternity" - Monday, August 8th
For not one of us lives because of himself, and not one dies because of himself; for if we live, we live because of the Lord, or if we die, we die because of the Lord; therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. Romans 14:7-9
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Can you picture an instance where you let a balloon go and you tried to keep your eye on it as it rose higher and higher? Now fix an image in your mind where all you can see is sky and that tiny balloon. We are going to let that image help us understand eternity. In your metal image the balloon represents the universe and the vast sky all around it represents eternity. The whole universe is in that balloon. This is quite fitting when we understand that the universe is finite. Existence in the universe is all about time and space. In eternity there is no time and space whatsoever.
We speak of eternity past and eternity future but this is merely a concession on our part because we can’t clearly think outside the construct of time and space. For us eternity past refers to eternal existence before God brought the time and space universe into existence and eternity future is existence after God eliminates the time and space universe he created. This is the realm of God. In eternity past there was only God and then he created the universe. When the Bible speaks of God creating the heavens and the earth, it is referring to the universe. The heavens include every meteor, asteroid, moon, planet, and star that exists. When the Bible speaks of heaven, it is speaking of something quite different. Heaven is a spiritual place and is a part of the realm of eternity.
Now let’s relate this to ourselves and our own existence. Remember that nothing existed but God at the moment he created the universe. The Bible says that God created Adam and Eve. They were the only two people on earth until they started reproducing. Every single person who has ever been born is descended from Adam and Eve. So, you are a descendant of Adam and Eve. Your body came into existence at the moment of conception through the union of your parents. Simultaneously, God breathed into you the breath of life and you became a living being, body and spirit. Thus, the cycle of life began for you as both a finite being (body) and an eternal being (spirit).
The duration of life here on earth has everything to do with how long the body our parents gave us holds up. Our eternal existence after life here on earth has everything to do with the eternal spirit God made to dwell in our bodies at conception. How we face the frailty and finiteness of the cycle of life in our human bodies and how we face the reality of an eternal existence to come has everything to do with the quality of life we experience here on earth. Quality of life now in the face of eternity is our focus this week. Today’s considerations have been given to help us with this and to help us embrace today’s Scripture which reminds us that the Lord is the Master of eternity and that he must become Lord (a choice we must each make) of our lives through that which Christ’s death and resurrection provide.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I embrace you as the Master of eternity and the Master of my life. Thank you for the gift of an eternal existence with you in heaven someday. I pray that you will teach me to embrace the frailty and finiteness of the cycle of life with you as my Master here and now. Help me live now with full assurance of my eternal destination of heaven through my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!
Posted on Mon, August 8, 2016
by Ken Hart