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Pursue an Eternal Focus

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Pursue an Eternal Focus

When my son, Drew was a little boy and he understood what Adam and Eve did, he said, “I can’t wait to get to Heaven and punch Adam in the nose.”

The earth doesn’t complain but looks forward to what is coming. Earth was the original Garden of Eden—no dark clouds, no thunderstorms. The earth feels. The earth is not complaining, and yet it experiences the result of the curse as a result of the fall.

Glacier National park will be without glaciers because our climate is changing. Turbulent weather rocks our country. Earlier this year, Charleston, South Carolina experienced what the news called it a 1,000-year “flood of biblical proportions.” New York City subways were filled with water three years ago.

When God speaks, the earth trembles.

God is about to fold it like a blanket and make a new earth. The earth, in a sense, has eternal life.  Romans 8:21 says the earth will be released from its bondage. The next verse says the whole creation groans and labors together with the sons of God. The earth is having contractions.

For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Romans 8:19-22 NKJV

Rick Warren said, “This self-absorbed perspective treats God as a genie who simply exists to serve you in your selfish pursuit of personal fulfillment. But God is not your servant, and if you fall for the idea that life is supposed to be easy, either you will become severely disillusioned or you will live in denial of reality. Never forget that life is not about you! You exist for God’s purposes, not vice versa. Why would God provide heaven on earth when he’s planned the real thing for you in eternity? God gives us our time on earth to build and strengthen our character for heaven.”[1]

Heaven will be that perfect 72 degrees of sunshine all day long. There are no cloudy days in heaven. With an eternal focus and eternal life coursing through our veins, there is no room for complaining. The Israelites murmured, and God did not like it. Complaining should not be a part of our new life. We’ve been given so much in Christ.

[1] http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=heaven+warren&commit=Search

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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