KEEPING SIGHT OF ETERNITY

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Luke 9:62

"But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for God’s Kingdom.”

Williams Barclay, a renowned Scottish theologian, observed, "In every decision in life there is a short view and a long view. Happy is the man who never barters future good for present pleasure. Happy is the man who sees things, not in the light of the moment, but in the light of eternity." This observation speaks volumes in the light of living a purposeful life. Derailed by the affairs of this world, many people, Christians inclusive, are caught up in gratifying the desires of the devil. It boggles the mind to know that the children of light are joining the flight of worldliness. While they are in flight with much fun and frivolities, their flight suddenly begins to take a nosedive. People who embark on such flight are often oblivious that the devil is only taking them for a ride and to grind them in perpetual misery. Inasmuch as a Christian would not want to perpetuate the values of godliness and loyalty to God, his destiny would most likely be commuted from eternal life to damnation and would be left to share the same fate with the devil. However, those who keep sight of eternity FIGHT OFF THE TEMPTATION to keep their eye off the ball. Whilst the devil may dangle the pleasure of sin before their eyes, they choose to turn their backs on such and keep sight of the imperishable glory reserved for them in heaven.

It bears mentioning that one of the reasons why some Christians are not experiencing stardom is because they have chosen to bite on the idolatrous lifestyle of the world. It would have been considered laudable to see an unbeliever towing the mark of salvation because of the influence of a believer in his or her life. However, what we see today is that believers who should set a godly precedent are realigning their choices, association and affections to conform to the pattern of the world. This is a paradigm shift unworthy of commendation. Demas, a one time associate of Apostle Paul gave in to adulterated philosophies and ideologies that got him on the damning side of eternity. Many like Demas are turning their backs on godliness because they want to measure up with worldly standard. Are you allowing the spirit of worldliness to persuade you out of godliness? Whilst the persuasion may be very compelling, it would ultimately yield a placement in the seat of hell.

It takes a christian who keeps sight of eternity to exercise the right and prerogative of the Kingdom. Hence, if you are living for the moment, and refreshing yourself with the offers ungodliness - ill-gotten wealth, perks of ungodly fraternities, gains of seduction, deceit and all forms of manipulation, you stand the risk of losing your place on the blissful side of eternity, if you don't repent. God has not destined you to suffer eternal damnation. However, turning a deaf ear to the Gospel and God's admonition to amend your ways spells eternal damnation. Have you lost sight of the kingdom of God and you are willing to start off on a clean slate? Jesus is willing and ready to help you. His loving arms are outstretched with amazing grace to give you a fresh start. And if your life is beginning to take a nosedive because you got off to a wrong flight in pursuit of gains of worldliness, Jesus is calling you today. Perhaps, yours may be that you considered yourself comfortable with the refreshment of sinful pleasure. Before it becomes late in the day to experience God's saving grace, why not accept Jesus as Your Lord and Saviour today. Begin to talk to Him, to help you to keep your eyes off the pleasure of sin and to love Him alone.

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Abayomi Aina
Abayomi (ACA, CFE, PGDip Theology) is an inspired prolific writer, instructor and gospel artiste. He is divinely endowed to inspire the world towards purposeful living, leadership spirit, goal pursuit, academic excellence and leading a Christian life.

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