Regaining The Lost
Sense Of The Eternal
Many Western Christians think and behave as though there is no eternity. This mindset does not accord with biblical truth.
Here at Heart In Heaven, we desire to continually cultivate an eternal mindset that governs and influences all we do. Therefore, one of our goals on this platform is to help people recover this lost sense of the eternal winsomely.
Reorienting our minds to an eternal mindset enables us to understand and embrace Jesus's teaching in Matthew 6:19-21. By juxtaposing storing treasures on the earth with storing treasures in Heaven, Jesus suggests that we should act out of enlightened self-interest—use money and possessions to serve our eternal good. Wisely heeding this instruction, we will gladly and generously give to meet the needs of the disadvantaged and poor in developing countries around the world.
“The key to a right use of money and possessions is a right perspective—an eternal perspective. Each of our lives is positioned like a bow, drawn across the strings of a cosmic violin, producing vibrations that resound for all eternity. The slightest action of the bow produces a sound, a sound that is never lost. What I do today has tremendous bearing on eternity. Indeed, it is the stuff of which eternity is made. The everyday choices I make regarding money and possessions are of eternal consequence.”
~ Randy Alcorn
Seeing All Of Life Through The Lens Of Eternity
1. We affirm life’s most basic reality that God is the owner of all things (Psalm 24:1, 50:12; 1 Chronicles 29:12).
2. We believe God doesn’t just own the universe. He owns you and me; when we came to Christ, we surrendered the title to our lives and now belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
3. We acknowledge our use of money reveals whether God is our supreme and all-satisfying Treasure (Psalm 16:11; Matthew 6:19-21).
4. We believe that as surely as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, as surely as the compass needle follows north, our hearts will always follow what we treasure. Money is the train; the heart is the caboose (Matthew 6:21).
5. We acknowledge that we are stewards, not owners, of every material and immaterial thing we possess; we recognize we are caretakers or managers of God’s assets, which He has entrusted to us (Psalm 24:1; 50:12).
6. We believe stewardship is not a subcategory of the Christian life. It is the Christian life, as it lies at the very heart of discipleship (Matthew 6:19-21; 1 Corinthians 4:2).
7. We believe our willingness to part with God’s money is an indicator of whether our hearts are attached to it. Therefore, the degree of our detachment from money speaks volumes about the degree of our surrender to God (Matthew 6:24).
8. We believe we should live informed by the reality that our lives are very brief (James 4:14).
9. We believe what we do in this vapor of life lays the foundation upon which eternal life is built; everything we do and every choice we make is of importance, carrying eternal weight and consequences. (2 Corinthians 5:10).
10. We affirm that Believers—though saved—nonetheless will give an account of their lives. God will judge our works, both good and bad, and the result will be gain, forfeiture, or loss of rewards (2 Corinthians 5:10).
11. We believe that since we will give account for how we've lived, we should take great care to align our life, purpose, and values with God's revealed will (Romans 12:2).
12. We affirm that God is a generous Rewarder, promising an ultimate return of a "hundred times"—a 10,00 percent rate of interest that lasts forever (Matthew 19:29)!
13. We desire to be loyal servants who look forward to joyfully receiving our Master's promised eternal rewards for each and every good deed done in this life for His glory (1 Cor. 4:5; Revelation 11:18). Of course, a large part of this anticipation includes being compassionate and seizing the opportunity to give—here on earth—to meet the needs of the poor in the developing world.