Wednesday, May 5, 2010

more on time and eternity

Here's a helpful response from a reader to last week's post about time:

Just a quick note on your point #8 concerning time and eternity. Yes, we all should come to the humbling realization that much of what we do is so time-bound that it will surely crumble with the end of our lives. But the promise concerning the steadfast love of the Lord which is from everlasting to everlasting to those who keep his covenant is surely significant. I hear that saying that eternity is embedded into the lives of God's covenant people, and so, to introduce Paul into this perspective, "your labor is not in vain in the Lord."

Another way of looking at it. If you're into The Trellis and the Vine (safe bet?) all trellis work is destined for the dust bin. But all vine work (even the least of it) will last for eternity.
An excellent point! Here's how I put it in my post: "As I serve Jesus faithfully, even if no-one ever sees, I'm doing work that will last and playing my part in God's bigger story." The faithful work we do for God and his people lasts into eternity, thanks be to God!

Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Cor 15:58 cf 3:10-15)

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