The other day I was watching an episode of The Big Bang Theory. The guys had just bought a time machine from a movie. Penny saw it and told them they were pathetic and devoted too much time to toys and playing games. The only one bothered by it was Leonard, who proceeded to box up all his action figures. As he was taking a box downstairs Penny’s boyfriend showed up and Leonard decided to keep everything.
As I listened to what Penny was telling the guys I thought, how much time do I waste on things that have no eternal value? There is nothing wrong with having a hobby, collecting something, or watching TV (obviously, I was watching TV when these thoughts occurred to me).
James 4:14 says life is a vapor. Ecclesiastes begins by saying everything is vanity, or as the NIV puts it, everything is meaningless. Before you start feeling depressed, realize this is speaking in light of eternity. This is a good reminder for all of us as God blesses us in our lives. We need to remember that eternity without the Father renders all blessing in this life meaningless.
Think about the following words that Jesus spoke to His disciples in Luke 10:1-6 NKJV “After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. 4 Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. 5 But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you.” The narrative continues in verse seventeen, “Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” 18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
Jesus wanted them to focus on eternity, not the power they had in the here and now. Jesus promised in Matthew chapter six that He would take care of us as long as we seek the Kingdom first. Paul wrote, my God, shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. We have multiple promises in the Bible for our provision. We can enjoy the things of this life with our eyes set on eternity. We need to live in the now for eternity. Use the blessings you have for eternity. Enjoy your hobbies and find a way for them to have an impact on eternity.
It is so easy for us to see our lives as the main thing. All our senses are tuned in to what is going on in our lives. We cannot see heaven, so naturally, it fades from our thinking, but when we fix our eyes on Jesus, we cannot help but live our lives with eternity in view.