“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Life consists of much more than what we can see with our human eyes. In fact, the visible is merely that which is transitory and corruptible. The invisible world of the Father is that which is permanent and incorruptible.
The Lord Jesus understood the values and goals on which one should fix his life. Hebrews taught that Jesus, “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12: 2). Because Jesus knew what His ultimate future held, He was prepared to meet every issue that His present future held.
Too often we think of our actual future as being that which is immediately foreseeable rather than that which can be seen only with the eyes of faith. Because of that, as humans, we set our goals, dream our dreams, and work to build our futures with that which cannot endure.
The old gospel song voices it thusly: “This world is not my home, I’m just passing through!” The song’s sentiment is true. We are only passing through. We must be careful not to feel too much at home while on this earth.
For the greatest advantage for the moment and the utmost glory for our eternal future, we must focus more on eternity and less on the earthly. The earthly will pass away but that which is built on eternal values will last forever.