Eyes on Eternity
By Tammye Hamilton
“Are you going to go cry in your bed now, Gramma?”
My three-year-old sweetie asked me this question as I kissed her and baby brother goodbye. Her family was leaving us to start their journey home. They live on the other side of the world. It might be several years before we see them again.
Of course I cried, baby girl. I cry every time we get to Facetime and I hear your little voice and see how you are growing. I cry when I talk with your little cousins, who also live overseas. I miss you all so much!
The sadness is real. While I’d give most anything to have them close by, that is not an option. Because, you see, they are where they are supposed to be. As much as my heart hurts when I tell them goodbye, I also feel an overwhelming peace, because, as followers of Jesus, we are not living for this life. We are living for eternity.
Recently, Anna and I read the book of Ruth together. The last chapter of Ruth’s story tells us that Boaz and Ruth’s son, Obed, was the grandfather of Jesse, David’s father.
Ruth didn’t know, of course, that she would be the great-grandmother of a king and the ancestor of Jesus when she bravely left her own family to journey to a foreign country to take care of her mother-in-law. She just obeyed, did the hard stuff and fulfilled her destiny.
C. S. Lewis wrote that to live with an eternal perspective means, “living as commandos operating behind the enemy lines, preparing the way for the coming of the Commander-in-Chief.”
We are called to make a difference. Most of the time that requires sacrifice.
If we keep our eyes on this life, we can become overwhelmed or even depressed. We can easily lose sight of our purpose in our day-to-day struggles.
In his book, Driven by Eternity, John Bevere writes about those who live with eternity in mind. He writes, "…they live with purpose and know their eternal destiny is being written by how they live on the earth. This will provide them a grand entrance into the Kingdom of God..."
The Apostle Paul wrote:
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4: 17-18
So yes, I cry, and then I thank the Lord for the reminder from His Word that we are not living for this life. When we get to Heaven, you and I will meet those whose lives were impacted by how we lived. I will get to meet those who are there because of my children and grandchildren. We will be rewarded for all eternity according to how we chose to live our short lives on this earth.
Today I saw a picture of my smiling little sweetie surrounded by children who look very different than her. She already knows the joy of living for eternity.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory" Colossians 3:1-4