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Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr.

For the Sake of Eternity: Keep the End in Mind

Scripture

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.


REFERENCES: Isaiah 66:1; Matthew 6:9; 1 Peter 3:22; Isaiah 65:17; Isaiah 66:22; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1-4; Ecclesiastes 3:11; Song of Solomon 8:7; 1 Corinthians 15:54

Main Idea

Choosing a faith journey is to choose a marathon of endurance, not a sprint. The marathon runner may not visibly see the finish line as the race lingers on, but the undeniable belief that it exists motivates every step. Prayers that have seemingly gone unanswered, seasons of waiting that stretch too long, and vigorous efforts that are only met with disappointment can leave us tired in our faith. In the midst of the faith fatigue, we start to ask, “Why?” Why am I trying to live right? Why am I struggling when I’ve done what I thought I was supposed to do? Why should I even keep trying when my non-believing friends are having an easier time and way more fun? For followers of Christ, the simple answer to these questions is “For the sake of eternity.” Because even though we have purpose here, there is still more yet to come. The kingdom of God has been established but is not yet complete. It has already been done, yet is not finished. That knowledge and revelation should shape how we navigate life and impact the world we live in. We can push past the tough moments if we keep the end in mind.


What I believe about the end will impact what I do with where I am.

1. God is Redeeming All Things

While many of us carry an image of heaven as a place somewhere high in the clouds, the Bible is clear that heaven will be right here on earth. Heaven is the place where God dwells in this present age. But when the Lord returns, he will create something entirely new.


Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. Isaiah 65:17

The creation will be a joining of a new heaven and a new earth, where we will dwell in the presence of God.
The original plan for creation will be restored-complete freedom, without shame.
All that was lost when sin entered the world will be redeemed.

God isn’t simply coming to take you away. He’s bringing heaven to earth.

Are you building your life with Jesus as your foundation? What does it look like for you in this season?

2.  Eternity Effects The Here and Now

For believers in Christ, physical death is not the end of the story; there is an eternal life to follow. The proof of its existence is found in truths that we encounter and experience in our present lives right now.

He has put eternity in their hearts. Ecclesiastes 3:11

You are hardwired for Eternity, even science confirms matter cannot be destroyed.
Love demonstrates the immortality of the soul
Christ’s victory over death gives us eternal life and the innate desire to be winners

Everything about God’s kingdom is now, not yet

How are you living today with eternity in mind?

Summary

To create any grand masterpiece the creator always has the end in mind. God being the creator of all we see created us with the end in mind. His intention was always to give us a life free of shame and life for all eternity. And though we failed and as a consequence now experience physical death, God redeemed us by sending his son Jesus. Regardless of how messy this life may seem, we can rest assured that in the end we win. He has promised to create a new Heaven and a new Earth where we will live with him forever. May we live a life that’s not limited to what we can gain here on Earth, but may we live with the end in mind, eternity with God.

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