There are so many questions that come up in our walk as believers. I am idealistic and have a spiritual gift of faith so I always believe God wants to answer my prayers and wants to heal people. Because of the grace He’s given me in the area of faith, I have experienced a lot of answered prayers and sweetness in my walk.
But recently, God decided to remind me of the pain that comes with experiencing when His ways and timing are higher than my desires, prayers and questions. It caused me go deeper, to writhe in pain, to ask more questions and study the Word more.
Do any of these questions sound familiar?
What is the hope we have in Him, other than salvation? What are His promises in this life? Does every promise apply to me? How do you keep clinging to a dream when all the evidence is telling you otherwise? Why does God heal some and not others? Why does he put a desire in your heart and then allow hardship or rejection to come against it? If He can clear the way, why doesn’t He?
God answered me one day. One clear perspective shift would ease all my questions and offer peace and understanding. His promises of healing, blessing and restoration will always come. The question is on what side of life will it be done? Earth, Heaven or both?
The unshakeable perspective that changes everything is an eternal perspective.
We aren’t just living for now. We don’t have to be afraid of anyone or anything. No one can really do anything to us. Our real home is in Heaven and this life on earth is preparing and building for it.
Our citizenship is in Heaven. We have been raised up and seated in heavenly places with Christ.
Practically, when we have an eternal perspective, it shifts how we deal with rude, hurtful people, with disappointment and adversity. It makes it a lot easier to bless our enemies because we can let down our need to maintain face or win an argument. Who cares if they think they won? We have a more important mission. To love God by loving even the hardest people and in doing so, store up treasures in Heaven that last forever.
The good news is Jesus instructs us to pray: Father, may your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Matthew 6:10. So we can believe, pray and usher in heaven on the earth and in our lives.
An eternal perspective means partnering with what God wants to do, not expecting God to tick dreams off our list.
An eternal perspective shifts our focus on to God and off of us. We are on a God mission, rather than for selfish ambition.
An eternal perspective is loving others for God’s glory, not our personal gain or recognition.
An eternal perspective takes the pressure off because it isn’t about us, it’s about Him.
An eternal perspective helps us to be faithful in keeping God’s commands that are good for us even when our flesh craves something else.
An eternal perspective eradicates fear, intimidation and insecurity. It gives us a holy fear of God instead of people.
Let’s look at the disciples after Jesus rose again. They were unleashed and emboldened to take a stand for the good news, even if it meant getting abused, arrested, flogged, ridiculed and killed. It makes me envious for the power, personal revelations and relationship they had with the Holy Spirit.
Their encounters were so radically life changing that selfish ambition was completely eradicated. How liberating is that? To be so outside of ourselves, we can truly be impactful, serve and love with pure hearts.
We can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6.
People might be unkind to you, reject you, overlook you, gossip about you and even try to actively hurt you. Our natural tendency would be to get defensive, win an argument, hold our resources and friends closely.
Maybe you’re in a season where it feels God is far away, He isn’t answering prayers and things are going incredibly wrong. Here are two things to remember:
- Read the book of Ecclesiastes. It reminds us of that everything we think is so big and important in the earth is fleeting because it’s temporary.
- God promises to walk with you through the valley, to be your rod and comforter. Read the Psalms. Even when you aren’t getting relief in the natural, He does promise His presence, peace and joy in the storm.
Your purpose and your call are irrevocable. Life with Jesus isn’t promised to be easy. As a matter of fact, He promises that we will face suffering and trials. The beauty is in the way He will use those trials to shape us for our forever life in Heaven if we’ll join Him with eternal perspective.
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20