“Heart for Eternity”?

So, why did I decide on “Heart for Eternity” as the title of my blog, and what does it mean? The title has been somewhat of a work in progress during my admittedly sporadic posting, and having started off with the gloriously truthful, if a little generic, “Abundant Life”, the theme of having a heart for eternity is something that has grown within me over the past couple of months. Largely, this came about as a result of preparing a short talk for an Oasis ‘Student Thirst’ meeting entitled “Our Future Resurrection”; focussing on the day when the Bible says we will be raised to new bodily life in the new heavens and new Earth, and what that will look like. For this, I read the quite excellent “Surprised By Hope” by Tom Wright, and it’s a book which has flipped my whole perspective on the world upside down. I was blown away by the stunning realisation that the resurrection of Jesus Christ signifies not just a historical event, but the transformation of the whole world was a revelation, and knowing more deeply the unshakable promise that what we do in this life is not wasted has changed how I see myself, my actions, my faith and the world and people around me. Death feels like an imposter because it was never meant to be like this. Sin separated us from the source of all life, and so we live with the tension of a longing for something more, something eternal, and a fear that such ‘immortality’ might prove a curse. Why? Because “I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 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.” – Ecclesiastes 3:10-11

I’m convinced that preparing for that talk has helped me in my walk with God far more than those who had to listen to me for 20 minutes on that cold Sunday evening! This wonderful truth has given me new perspective, purpose and motivation as I live out my faith. It’s given me confidence in a hope that cannot be shaken, the hope that one day He is coming to restore and renew everything; a hope guaranteed by the incredible truth that Jesus Christ is risen from the grave! I hope you enjoy the blog, and I finish with this fantastic quote from ‘Surprised By Hope’, which reminds me of the great purpose that is to mark every day of my life

“Every act of love, gratitude and kindness; every work of art of music inspired by the love of God and delight in the beauty of His creation; every minute spent teaching a severely handicapped child to read or to walk; every act of care and nurture, or comfort and support, for one’s fellow human beings, or for that matter one’s fellow non-human creatures; and of course every prayer, all Spirit-led teaching, every deed which spreads the gospel, builds up the church, embraces and embodies holiness rather than corruption, and makes the name of Jesus honoured in the world – all of this will find its way, through the resurrecting power of God, into the new creation which God will one day make.” – Tom Wright


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