The life that we live today is temporary. Believers in Christ know that soon we will either exit by death or the rapture and end up in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ for all eternity. Today’s devotional contrasts the present and the future.
(J.C. Pittman, “Bible Truths Illustrated” 1917)
Over the triple doorways of a European Cathedral, there are three inscriptions spanning the splendid arches.
Over one is carved a beautiful wreath of roses, and underneath is the lettering:
“All which pleases us–is but for a moment.”
Over the other arch is sculptured a cross, and there are the words:
“All which troubles us–is but for a moment.”
But on the great central entrance to the main aisle, is the inscription:
“That alone is important, which is eternal.”
If we always realize these three truths, we would not let trifles trouble us;
nor would we be so much interested in the passing pageants of the hour.
We would live, as we do not now–for the permanent and the eternal.
“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!” 2 Corinthians 4:18
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Where are our eyes fixed? On the seen or unseen? On the present or on the eternal. This world is not our home. We should be looking forward to our heavenly home and our Savior Jesus Christ.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001