Looking at the Eternal Perspective
It’s already October which means Halloween is coming up and 2018 is already almost over (How was January so long this year and the rest of the months so short?????)!
As we enter a new month, a new week, and a new day, it’s easy to be discouraged and fall back into the grind of life. I wanted to use the example we had in yesterday’s sermon and encourage you all to face today with an Eternal Perspective.
Florence Chadwick after she swam from Catalina to the California coast in 13 hours and 47 minutes (her second attempt): “I made it this time because the shore was in my heart.” The reason why she gave up the first time wasn’t physical, it was mental. It was because she couldn’t see the shore.
When you can’t see the shore, all you focus on is how cold the water is, how strong the winds are, how oppressive the waves are, and how long you have been struggling. When we lose sight of the shore, we start to lose heart. And we start to feel cold, tired, and numb.
“…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”
Taking up your cross and living for Jesus isn’t easy. Living out your faith isn’t easy. Being the Salt and Light of the world isn’t easy. You will face conflict, tension, and loneliness because of your faith. In these moments, it is most important to center your heart on Jesus. You must slow down and look to Jesus. You must commune with Jesus. When the water is coldest, when the winds are strongest, when the sharks are closest, your heart must be devoted to Jesus.
We will always grow weary and cold when we are not living for eternity. We lose heart when we lose sight of Eternity’s shore. We lose heart when we lose sight of Christ. Therefore, keep your eyes on eternity. Keep your eyes on Christ.
Face Monday, face this week, face this month, face this year by keeping Eternity’s shore within your heart. Only then will your heart beat strong enough to endure the winds and the waves.