Years ago I served in a church located in a university town. Saturdays in the fall were a sight to behold—the entire town blazed team colors prior to the football game. And that proclivity continued into the next day. So much so that if the team won, then Sunday worship was a joyous celebration. If the team did not, a mournful pall permeated worship.
I have often thought of that as a vivid illustration of how easy it is to lose perspective in life. We are eternal beings who are quickly distracted with the temporary and trivial. That’s easy to see with something like a sports game. But what about other things like the news or the economy or our jobs or an election or some other event? Although we might think these are important, they are all temporary, they have no bearing on eternity. And too often, like my former congregation, our emotions and moods in life swing up and down with circumstances. Instead of experiencing peace and joy and moving forward in holy purpose, we are too often distressed, discouraged, and distracted from what is eternal.
God calls us to look not on what is temporal, but what is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18). How do you do that? You fix your eyes on Jesus, on His sovereignty, on His grace, on His purpose in this perishing world. Let His word transform your mind so that His thoughts direct your thoughts, so that you are not distracted by the temporary and trivial (Romans 12:2). And as fix your eyes on Jesus, God promises to fill you with all joy and peace, so that you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).