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In Light of Eternity

Posted: April 9, 2011 by clairer in Purpose, Worldview

When I hear the word “worldview,” I usually think of a basic belief system.  But a worldview is more than just a statement of faith or a list of beliefs about God, sin, and salvation. It is literally the lens through which we view the world — the perspective and attitude we take towards life. Our worldview helps us to evaluate ourselves, our circumstances, and the events we witness around us.  And, ultimately, it gives shape to our thoughts, our words, our actions, and our interactions with others.

When we’re living with an eternal worldview, we are living for the glory of God and living for eternal consequences instead of getting tied up with the daily concerns. It’s the embodiment of the verse “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matt 6:20) Living with an eternal worldview will drastically reorient the way we approach our daily lives.

School: Having an eternal worldview gives us a specific purpose and a perspective toward our school work. First, an eternal worldview gives us the purpose of our work: the glorification of God through our diligence, the worship of God through the study of the world He’s created, and the preparation for the work that God has planned for us in the future. What an eternal worldview tells us is that the purpose of school reaches far beyond good grades or acclaim.

When we understand the purpose of our school from an eternal worldview, we take a different perspective toward how we do our school. An eternal worldview pushes us towards excellence. If we are doing our school to glorify God — working “unto the Lord and not for men” — we are going to do things excellently (not necessarily perfectly, but to the best of our ability). When we view our school as the study of God’s world and universe, we can find interest and awe in any subject — no matter what our natural skills or interests are. Finally, school’s purpose of preparation helps us to put the results of our education in perspective. An eternal perspective shows us that grades are not the purpose, learning is. The goal is to learn so that we can be prepared for what God wants us to do to accomplish things for His kingdom in the future. In the long run, a B+ instead of an A makes little difference; but the skills we learn and the implementation of those skills for God’s glory will matter.

Friendships: An eternal worldview also changes our approach toward friendships. What if we viewed our everyday interactions with people as more than opportunities to laugh, talk or to hang  out.  What if we intentionally viewed these people as eternal souls? How would that reorient the way we relate or the time we invest in these people? Living with this eternal worldview shows us that when we hang out with people, we are influencing them. Therefore, we should be sure that our interactions are edifying and God-glorifying, since each interaction has the potential to influence eternal souls.

Spiritual Walk: Living with eternity in view will change our priorities and put them in the right order. When we’re living for eternity, our spiritual walk will become our first priority. Morning devotions will be skipped less often. Church will be more anticipated because our goal will be to grow in Christ. An eternal perspective helps us to realize that only Christ is what matters in the end.

Trials: We all have them. Some are bigger than others. A trial might be the loss of a paper when the computer malfunctions, or it might be the loss of a loved one. It might be sickness: a cold or cancer. Whatever the trial is and regardless of whether it’s “small” or “serious,”, having an eternal perspective helps us to make it through these trials. Having an eternal worldview reminds us that there is more to life than this world. The trials we’re facing now may be overwhelming, but they are only temporary. We can have hope in – and look forward to –eternal life without tears, trials, or pain.

Having an eternal worldview drastically re-directs our lives. It helps us to acknowledge what is truly of value in life. It helps us to gain perspective on work, sleep, eating, socializing, sports, literature, relationships, media choices, and everything we do in life. As we develop an eternal worldview, we come to value what God values. We will be living this day for that day.