Live In The Light Of Eternity

Author: Ryan Barlow

Let’s talk about our relationship with God in light of eternity. In the Gospel of John 1, we learn how Jesus is the true light, and how his light shines in the darkness, and that nothing will overcome this light. So, when we are living in light of eternity, we are living in the light of Christ.

There are times in our lives when we are walking in darkness. The world is a dark place. When we are putting our hope in the things of this world we are not walking in the light.

Many times we ask questions like, “Where is God in the midst of suffering? Has He removed Himself from my life and the world around me?” If that is how you view God, talk to a brother or sister in Christ. That is a dark path to walk alone.

Many of us walk the “ism” path of darkness. Many of us are walking in consumerism - our desires to climb the corporate ladder, to accumulate wealth, more stuff, more money, more stuff…

And this leads to the dark path of hedonism - our willingness to say, “I might as well eat, drink and be merry. I need to suck as much life out of life as possible. Life is about my desires and pleasure.”

This is a dark path to walk that leads to nihilism - our willingness to say, “Well… I am broken. The world is broken. We’re all going to die. Life has no meaning or purpose. I might as well give up.” That is a dark path that far too many are walking today.

All of the “isms” have the illusion of light, but are ultimately dark paths leading to individual and collective destruction. That sounds like hell to me. There must be a better path, and there is. Confess your struggles to Jesus. Only Christ can bring you into the light.

What happens to us when we continue to walk in the darkness? Let’s do something different here - let’s look to Romans 5:3-4 in reverse order.

1. No hope. The here and now is all we have. There is nothing beyond this life. With this perspective our…

2. Character decreases. Life is all about the self. All of the dark “isms” become our gods. When our character decreases our…

3. Perseverance decreases. We lean towards giving up. We self-medicate. Life has little to no meaning. When hope, character and perseverance decreases, we are not prepared for…

4. Suffering. Loss. Trials. Suffering is interpreted as God’s absence. We will do whatever it takes to avoid suffering. This is the wide, dark path that leads to destruction.

By the power of the Spirit, we walk the narrow, well-lit path that the Apostle Paul outlined in Romans 5:3-4. Let’s look at Paul’s text in to correct oder to see how we walk in the light!

1. Glory in suffering. Trial, loss and suffering are not viewed as the absence of God - it is in our suffering that God shows up! This is our cross to bear so that others can see our perspective and give glory to God. Suffering is not fun. Suffering and death are a product of mankind’s sin.

But, even our suffering can be leveraged to help ourselves and others to…

2. Grow in Perseverance. The Holy Spirit is within you and around us, giving us faith that Jesus will lever leave us, nor forsake us. Jesus didn’t give up. Jesus carried His cross to Calvary’s hill. We are called to carry our cross of suffering with perseverance. Suffering and perseverance…

3. Deepens our Character. As our character deepens, we grow in the fruit of the Spirit. We realize that true life is finally found when we give our lives away to love God and love our neighbor. Life is not about us. It is about Jesus who holds all things together. Suffering, perseverance and character lead us to…

4. Hope. Our hope increases for what is happening now, and what is to come. We have been set free as Christians to live with hope that gives us joy. Christ will return to make us and all things in His creation new.

This is the well-lit path that Jesus walked for us - and He invites us to walk with Him.  Jesus is the light and the life! Live in light of eternity.

Stay out of the darkness of this world. Jesus is the light and He shows you true life. Your eternity is in His Almighty hands. Be the light of Jesus as you live in light of eternity. Amen.