"Only one life, 'twill soon be past;
Only what's done for Christ will last."
We live differently when we remember that the eternal is what is important. We order our lives around what is truly real rather than what will someday appear as it actually is-as unreal as shadows.
C. S. Lewis describes the reality of the eternal in The Last Battle. The children were leaving Narnia, the "Shadowlands," and going to the forever land. Their reflections on the land they were leaving may resemble our thoughts when we enter heaven and reflect on our earthly life.
As the children looked back, they recognized that their former life was like a shadow compared with the realities ahead of them. Lord Digory tried to describe the forever land.
"'More like the real thing,' said Lord Digory softly...and of course it is different; as different as a real thing is from a shadow or as waking life is from a dream."
God told Moses to bring His people out of Egypt. Moses asked, "Who should I say sent me?"
God said to tell them "I AM THAT I AM" had sent him. (Exodus 3:14 KJV). It was as though He said, "I am the Great Cause, the Significance of all that is; I am the only One who is absolutely real." All else, compared to God, is unreal, temporary.
"God is the absolutely real one; when he enters a person's life, it is we who are suddenly aware of our tentative and fragile existence," states William Dyrness.
Dear God, I acknowledge that You are real, and when I live in You, life is rich and full of meaning. Outside of You all is meaningless.
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:18).