Had you ever thought about involving yourself with things eternal, rather than temporary things? Are there things eternal that we can use to build in our lives?
Another similar consideration: Since God in his great wisdom made this world, did he have temporal vanities in mind, or did he have an eternal purpose for man?
The Lord considered that and declared that the things our eye can see are temporary, while the things the eye cannot see are eternal. Does God involve himself in vanities, or is his work in man eternal?
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Cor. 4:16-18).
The great command involves itself in eternal things – the mind, heart and soul of man. When a man dies, no one sees the heart, soul and mind leave the body. They are unseen and thus eternal. Solomon declares that they go back to God who gave them (Eccl. 12:7).
How can we be involved with the eternal works of the heart, [i]
If we purify or purge the evil from our hearts, the Lord testifies that he has a good use for us (2 Tim 2:20-21).
All men have a choice on what they are involved in, whether temporal vanities or eternal works. The Lord testified that he calls men according to his purpose (Rom 8:28). We can work with him to build the unseen qualities in the heart and grow into the image of Jesus’ inner man (Rom 8:29). We can grow in the mind of Christ, which is also eternal (Phil 2:5-8).
Shall we continue to involve ourselves in temporal, visceral vanities, or should we work with God in his purpose to form the heart and mind of Christ in us? That is what God commands us to do in the “Great Commission” where he commands us to make disciples and teach them to obey all of Jesus’ commands (Matthew 28:19-20). The end of the disciple is to be like his master (Luke 6:40) so that if we are Jesus’ disciples, we will grow to have his heart and mind. What better value could we place on this life?
[i]Humility, meekness, gentleness, kindness, compassion, mercy, endurance, forgiveness, faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, peace, joy, hope, righteousness, sincerity, goodness, soberness, honesty, zeal, unselfishness, boldness, wisdom, fear of the lord, harmlessness, discretion, and other parts of love.