April 14 (John 11:25-26)
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” (NLT)
You will live forever. You will not die. Even when your body gives out and your heart stops beating and someone records the official time of your death, you will not be dead. Stop and think about that. Seriously. Stop reading this and consider the immensity, the eternality of the fact that you will keep on living forever.
We often speak of getting the 10,000-foot view of a situation. It helps us see more clearly all that is going on so that we can focus appropriately on what matters. Friends, nothing will give you a better or more accurate perspective than these words of Jesus to Martha. Don’t believe me? Try this. How do the activities of the week ahead look in light of the fact that you will live forever? How do the needling little problems look, the ones you just don’t want to deal with? How do the huge, threatening ones appear? If people look like ants from the top of a skyscraper, how do the things of your life look from eternity?
Even Christians can get caught up in a shortsighted view of life. There is a contentious meeting on Thursday or a difficult appointment next month, and suddenly we are thrown into a tailspin of worry and fear. Our anxiety shoots off the chart as we try to steel ourselves against an unwanted inevitable. Those things are real, of course. Problems don’t disappear from 10,000 feet, but they do take on a different look. And when we see things from the true perspective that we will still be living an eternity from now, we realize that many of them are less important than we thought.
God, You remind us in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that You have given us an eternal perspective, and Jesus makes it clear that we will live forever. Help me to see things as they truly are so that I may give the time and talent that You have given me to the things that matter most. Keep me from a shortsighted view of life. In the name of Jesus, who kept the glory set before Him in sight as He endured death on a cross, amen.