Eternal things more than temporary things

Over the past few devotionals I’ve been helping us reflect on the fact that mature people mature people. Adjective, noun, verb, noun. In other words, people who are mature can help other people become more mature as well.

Because of their faithfulness and maturity they can be a positive role model for us. In addition, they can be good people to ask for advice when dealing with adversity or uncertainty in life.

But how do we know who these people are?

In Philippians Paul gives the examples of Timothy and Epaphroditus. But we can’t forget Paul himself. Here’s what he says: “I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him…” (Philippians 3:8-9). What perspective!

In light of this, we can learn from the example of those who value eternal things more than temporary things, specifically knowing Jesus.

People like this are not easily thrown off track. They keep focused on what matters most. They keep their eye on the ball, even when dealing with something tough.

In 2012 I was visiting a woman in the hospital who was literally on her death bed. The doctor came into the room and asked her how she was doing. “I’m fine,” she replied, “because I know Jesus. Do you know Jesus?”

What perspective!

Was she really “fine”? Well, her body certainly wasn’t fine. After all, she was lying in her literal death bed. But she was focused on something eternal: “the surpassing worth of knowing Christ.”

Do you know someone who values eternal things more than temporary things, specifically knowing Jesus? If so, they might be a wise and helpful person to consult for advice as you navigate the uncertainty of life.

Their faithful wisdom can fertilize the garden of your heart.

Mature people mature people.

By Matthew Ruttan

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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