Philippians 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven and we eagerly await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.
Temporal is defined in the Webster’s Dictionary as “of or pertaining to time as opposed to eternal”, and, “of or relating to earthly life”. Our life here is temporal, or temporary if you prefer. It is not only temporary, it is also short. It is so short in fact, that the bible compares our life to a vapor (James 4:14). When I think of a vapor, I think of a puff of steam, which is here for a second or two and then gone. In relation to eternity, that is the totality of our life, vapor. Once you recognize this you could take it one of two ways. You could say that since it is such a short time, and we’ll be long gone before the next evolutionary step of man, our life on earth is of no real importance. But woe to the man of that miserable state. For I cannot comprehend his misery. The other side is that we view our time here as invaluable, priceless, and precious, with not a moment to waste.
What makes this life so important if it only temporary? The life to come. Eternity. It is because we have but this brief moment in which to make decisions that will have lasting effects. Since tomorrow is not promised to us, today is of vital importance. What are your priorities today? What goals have you set for today? What is the prize that you are after? A great career? Or possibly many possessions? Perhaps you have no real big hopes or dreams, and you’re just living for the day. Well my friend, I’ll tell you that now is the time. It is now that you should respond to the call of God. For tonight may be the night that your life is requested of you.
Would you be like the rich ruler of Luke 18:18, whose worldly possessions we of such value to him that he would turn down a true Treasure, more precious than gold? Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:19-21 to store our treasures in heaven, where they will be safe. In other words, there is nothing in this world of any lasting value. He knew that whatever is worth working for, whatever is valuable to us, that is what our hearts would be set on (Matt 6:21). But HE is the only Treasure worth anything. “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life..” John 6:27
He has for us fulfillment which will never be depleted, or need to be replenished. He says that “whoever drinks the water that He gives them will never thirst again!” If we will never have a need for something as basic as water again, how much more do you think He will fulfill our other needs? Why then, with promises like these, would a man waste his life chasing after the riches that this world has to offer? It is because these promises seem so far off, almost as though they can’t truly be had, and that the world’s riches are but a day’s work away. But the enemy is deception, he speaks his native language when he lies to us. You will work your life away trying to gain what the world has to offer, only to find out that it all leads to death. “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:17
What should we do then?
Now is the time to turn from your ways, and seek God, your Creator. He made us. He loves us. He’s waiting. In 1 Peter 4:3 Paul reminds us that we have spent plenty time in the past doing what pagans do – living in sin. It is time to turn our attention to Him. If you have given your life to the One who has given His life, then do not live the rest of your life for evil human desires, rather live it for the will of God. Luke 9:23 “Deny yourself and take up your cross daily, and follow me.” Romans 8:13 “..by the Spirit, put to death the deeds of the body.”
You see, since you have accepted Christ’s death and resurrection as payment for your debt, a debt that only death could satisfy, the Holy Spirit of God has given you a new life. Since you have this new life it is time to put off your old self with its practices, and put on your new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of your Creator. Here’s how, Jesus sums up the commandments for us into two. He says for us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind”, secondly, He says to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 Now you might ask yourself, like I did, How do I love God with all of me? But Jesus didn’t leave us in the dark on that one either. Here’s what He says, “If you love me you will obey my commands.” (John 14:15) Can you see it now? Do the will of the Father. Find out what it is by getting in your Word and reading. Study. Devote your time to it. Better, devote your life to it. Make it what you breathe, before you figure out that you’re just breathing to death.
There’s one more thing worth mentioning on this topic. Once you’ve got all that. Once you’ve got some direction for your own life. It’s time for Matthew 28:19. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am always with you, to the very end of the age.”