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How should my hope of eternal life affect the way I live now?

Mark 8:36-37And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul in the process? Is anything worth more than your soul?

Luke 12:15-21Then he said, “Beware! Don’t be greedy for what you don’t have. Real life is not measured by how much we own.” And he gave an illustration: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. In fact, his barns were full to overflowing. So he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store everything. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get it all?’ “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

Job 35:3“What’s in it for me? What’s the use of living a righteous life?”

1 Corinthians 2:9No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.

If the rewards of this earthly life were all there was, a “why bother?” attitude would be understandable. But looking for quick and easy enjoyment on earth ignores both earthly and eternal rewards.. First, when you follow and obey God, you put yourself in position to enjoy life the way it is meant to be enjoyed; your relationships are healthier, your life is full of integrity, and your conscience is clear. Second, this life is not all there is. The Bible is very clear that those who trust Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sin receive the promise of eternal life. Your faithfulness in this life may or may not result in material prosperity, but the rewards in eternity will be more than you could ever imagine.

Mark 8:34-35If any of you wants to be my follower . . . put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me. If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will find true life.

Galatians 5:24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.

When you are absolutely convinced that Jesus died on the cross to spare you from eternal punishment and give you the free gift of eternal life, then the troubles of this world are put in perspective. You know that your future – for all eternity – is secure. This gives you peace no matter what happens in this life, and changes the way you react to the troubles and trials life throws your way. Your sinful nature no longer controls you with its lusts and fears; you are free to live as God calls you to live.

1 Thessalonians 5:18No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

John 11:25I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again.

You should be neither too elated with earthly success, nor too distressed by earthly failures, because you know that the best of this life is just a shadow of what is to come.