Eternal Minded, Day 25
Sometimes I forget that I eternity has already begun. This is the paradox of the already-but-not-yet kingdom of heaven. Jesus answers the Pharisees in Luke 17:20-21 by saying, “ Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
How does an already-but-not-yet kingdom have an impact on your marriage? As we talked about on Day 23, Jesus has already overcome the world. He has already conquered sin and death, but the war isn’t over. We are still fighting against our sinful nature, Satan must still be defeated once and for all, sickness and brokenness still plagues the planet, and all of creation groans and waits for the day of redemption.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
What does this mean? And what does an already-but-not-yet kingdom mean for your marriage?
- You are eternal.
- John 10:28-30 says, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
- John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.”
2. You are finite.
- Psalm 103:15-16 says, “As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.”
- Psalm 144:4 says, “They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow.”
- James 4:14 says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.“
3. God is everlasting.
- Psalm 90:2 says, “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”
- Psalm 145:13 says, “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.”
- Isaiah 9:6 reminds us that Jesus, as God, is also eternal – “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
4. God’s wisdom far exceeds you.
- Isaiah 40:28 asks us, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.”
- Romans 11:33 says, “O, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and untraceable His ways!”
5. You have been given kingdom work to do.
- Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
- James 2:26 reminds us, “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.“
- Matthew 5:16 reminds us to “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
What do all these things mean for you?
- When you remember that you are eternal, you will place more value on things everlasting.
- When you remember you are finite on this earth, you will learn to not take things for granted.
- When you remember God is eternal and His wisdom exceeds your own, you will recognize He has your best interest at heart because He knows everything.
- When you recognize you have kingdom work to do, you will remember you have worth and God values you enough to give you work.
Matthew 6:33 (NLT) reminds us, “Seek the kingdom of God first (things of eternal value) and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”
Do you place Christ at the center of your marriage? Do you seek to do what is best for your marriage? Do you seek to honor your spouse? Do you seek understanding through communication with God and your spouse? Do you value and treasure your spouse? Do you manage your resources in a biblical stewardship manner?
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