It is easy for Christians to lose focus in our present, politically charged atmosphere. This series, first published in September 2016, is a timely reminder of where our passions and longings should be ultimately directed. –ed.
The world is on fire.
In just the short time since we began this series on fixing our eyes on heaven, we’ve witnessed bombings, rioting, and violence across the country. That’s on top of a deeply contentious election cycle, amid daily reports of corruption and scandal. And all of it comes in a world living under the constant threat of more terrorist attacks or another financial collapse.
As believers, we see that constant upheaval and turmoil as evidence of this world’s corruption. Sin has ruined this place, and the daily reminders of its depravity frequently distract, dishearten, and disturb us. More than that, the worries of this world—from global, political problems to fears over personal safety and well-being—can dominate our minds and burden our hearts.
In his sermon “Secrets to Endurance,” John MacArthur looks at the life of the apostle Paul, and how he endured in the face of constant persecution, trials, and difficulty. Using Paul’s exhortation in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 to “not lose heart,” John identifies three keys to enduring anything that this life and world can throw at us.
I encourage you to listen to the whole message, but I want to draw your attention specifically to this short excerpt, in which John identifies what consumed Paul’s energy, effort, and attention.
If we’re going to endure life in this ruined world, we need to follow Paul’s example and fix our eyes on eternal matters. We need to put our energy and effort to work not for temporal good, but for the sake and glory of God’s kingdom.
Let’s encourage one another to that end. In the comments below, tell us what weighs on your heart when it comes to this world, and how you’re following Paul’s example and fixing your eyes on eternal matters.