Paul David Tripp in The Christian Job Description says, that as Christ Followers we should live with a different set of values and a different perspective. What really jumped out at me was his comment that we should think long-term — 10,000 years into eternity long-term.
Getting the Right Perspective
Living with an eternal perspective isn’t easy for me. I want things to go my way now. I want to be comfortable, happy and fulfilled today. But, the truth is, sometimes I have to deal with short-term difficulties for my eternal benefit.
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 2 Corinthians 4:17 NLT
It isn’t always easy to do the right thing, but the benefits are immeasurable. It is a long-term perspective that allows you to make the difficult choices in copying Jesus.
I like what this says:
We have little time on earth, yet what we do here affects eternity. We need to live with an eternal perspective in everything we do as believers, walking with wisdom, praying to the One with whom we will spend eternity, and loving other people. An eternal perspective points us to what is lasting and to what is free from earthly distractions. Diligence in our spiritual walk, discipline in prayer, and loving attentiveness to others are investments in our relationships with God and others — things that will last through eternity. ~ Living with an Eternal Perspective by Henry T. Blackaby and Roy T. Edgemon
Our time really is limited. We don’t have very much time to do the right thing. However, we will have eternity to reap the benefits of our earthly actions.
Do Not Give Up on Long-Term Thinking
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV
As Christians, it is a part of our job description to live with an eternal perspective. 10,000 years from now we’ll still be celebrating the harvest of blessings!