“. . . May your heart live forever!”— Psalms 22.26 NASB”Inspired speech will be over some day . . . tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.” —I Corinthians 13:8-10, The Message
I’d like you to take some time this week and look around you. Everything you see, even when you look in the mirror, everything is temporary. Nothing we see will last forever. Everything will change, at some point, for eternity. There is only one thing in the universe that never changes, only one thing that remains the same. Only one thing is eternal. And that is Love. For God is love (I John 4:8).
Thus the question must be asked. What is it that really matters? What does it all boil down to?
We will not take anything with us into eternity but our hearts. (I’m not talking about the organ in your chest, but something much more interior, see the above verse.) Thus it is only matters of the heart that will endure. And only one thing in existence changes hearts, awakens dead hearts, stimulates the heart, bringing the heart of an individual to life and keeping it alive throughout eternity . . . “with the heart man believes” (Romans 10:10). And “belief is awakened by love” (Galatians 5:6).
It’s that simple. Paramount to all else is a heart-level encounter with the truth about God’s love for each of us, an encounter so clear and powerful that it awakens our hearts, changes our self-centered orientation to other-centered love, restoring our hearts into the image of our Heavenly Papa once again, and bidding our newly restored and renewed heart, to live . . . and live forever in an intimacy with the great Lover of the Universe for Whom each of us was made—an intimacy that no words can describe, that can only be experienced.
The fruit of such an encounter is that we truly begin to love, not just this incredible God, but all with whom we come in contact, indiscriminately. We take no thought of the state in which we encounter them; we simply begin to love as we have been loved.
This is eternity. Eternity really isn’t about self-preservation. It’s not about the quantity of life as much as it is about the quality. The only thing eternal is love. And thus Eternity is rooted and grounded in a living, breathing, dynamic encounter and experience with the greatest Love that has ever been. This is why Calvary is so central and will become even more so as we get closer to when this age ends and the next begins. For Calvary is the clearest, most powerful encounter with the Love that flows from the heart of the God of worlds fallen and unfallen alike, and that ushers us back into the love for which we were made.
So, in short, take some time with His love for you this week. Take some time to ponder this. To meditate on what is truly in God’s heart for you, how He thinks and feels for you. For in these themes, eternity begins . . . today.
I wish you God’s best this week.