“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” – 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Isn’t that the goal? To come to the end of our days and be able to say, “I’ve stayed the course, I’ve kept my faith.” I’ve seen so many come into the faith and fall away. What a sad state they must find themselves in at the day of judgment when they stand before God without excuse and try to explain why they chose the temporary pleasures of the world, the pride of life, and the lust of the flesh over the greater treasure of eternity with Him.
“And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” – Mark 4:18-19
“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” – Hebrews 10:26-31
“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” – 2 Peter 2:20-22
“Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.” – Romans 11:22
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” – Matthew 24:13
O but for those who have been faithful, for those who have trusted in and waited on the Lord, for those who have endured trial and affliction for the sake of His Name and kept their faith. What a glorious day that will be, to look into the eyes of love and here Him say, “well done My good and faithful servant, enter into rest“.
“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” – Hebrews 4:11-13
Let us never loose sight of eternity. The devil will always try to tempt you with the temporary. Never be conned into giving up eternal rewards for temporary ones. The devil will show you the glory of the temporary but will rarely mention the torment of the eternity that follows it if you put your trust in his plan. God however, will show you the glory of eternity but will not rarely show you the hardship of the temporary that precedes it if you put your faith in His plan. So I tell you today to look at the reality of it and choose wisely. A short season of pleasure and then torment for eternity or a short season of hardship then glory for eternity. It’s not a hard choice really when you see it for what it really is, but so easily and so often we are blinded by the temporary. So make a decision today to fix your eyes on eternity. Don’t live your life for a better right now, live it for a better forever. We’re all looking for that “happily ever after“, we’re just looking for it in the wrong place. It’s not here in this temporary place of death and decay. The real “ever after” is forever, if you will but endure in faith, you will receive a happier ever after then you could have ever imagined. As have all the steadfast faithful enduring saints who have gone on before you. Let us fix our eyes on eternity, our hearts on Jesus, and labor to enter into rest, reward, and communion with both loved ones and Love Itself; Our Glorious God, Savior, and King!
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” – Titus 2:11-14