Living with an eternal perspective is necessary if we want to experience the peace that God promises to us. We know there are great benefits from living in light of eternity, but how do we do this? What does it look like, practically speaking, to live that out? There are a few spiritual disciplines that can help us better incorporate this view in our daily lives.
Prayer is the great equalizing practice. When you are angry, fearful or anxious, approaching the Lord in prayer helps settle us. Why? Because when we express our concerns to the Almighty God, we are acknowledging our humble and dependent state. When we pray, we are demonstrating that we are not sufficient in and of ourselves to solve our problems. Prayer shows our desperate need for God.
Prayer forces us to stop, cry out to our Father and admit our need for Him. In doing so, our hearts are softened and realigned with God, His purposes and His desires. This is a powerful practice that reminds us that we are to lean on God’s knowledge, not our own.
Scripture Memory & Meditation
Another spiritual discipline that will help us live in light of eternity is Scripture memory and meditation. Constantly thinking on God’s Word and what He says will remind us to keep our heart and mind fixed on Jesus and His priorities.
This helps place our circumstances in the proper perspective. It reminds us that God is in control, He acts on His own timing and we are in the process of being refined.
I want to suggest a few Scriptures for you to consider memorizing or meditating on that will help point you to having an eternal perspective:
- Matthew 6:19-21
- John 17:3
- 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
- Philippians 3:13-14
- 1 John 2:15-17
Read Your Bible
Finally, it may seem so basic, but reading your Bible is a crucial spiritual discipline that will continue to teach you how to maintain an eternal perspective. Read the Old Testament and see how the Israelites were wandering children, yet God used all the hard and hopeless events to point to His glory and His Kingdom.
Read the New Testament and see what Jesus said about praying for His Kingdom first before anything else. Reading your Bible is essential to consistently being reminded that this world is all leading up to an everlasting Kingdom that will never be destroyed.
Friend, in this day and age, practicing prayer, Scripture meditation and reading your Bible are such sweet disciplines that will hold benefits not only for the days to come on this earth, but for eternity. Today, select one of the spiritual disciplines listed above and practice it every day for the next two weeks. Then, see how the Holy Spirit teaches you how to live for eternity in a temporal world.