Sometimes we’ve just got to push through the day. If there was no light at the end of the tunnel I think I would loose all motivation. At times my perspective of the future is very short: sometimes the future comes hour by hour. But my sure and certain hope in eternity should cause me to lift my gaze toward eternity. Having my eyes focused on that prize will change my motivation and attitudes for everyday between now and then.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Paul encourages his readers:
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
What’s the “therefore” there for? Because the “Day of the Lord” will come (5:2), so be prepared. How are we to be prepared? “Encourage one another and build each other up”. This is one of those chicken and egg things. As we come to understand the future hope that we have in eternity we are encouraged that there is something worth waiting and working for. This spurs us on to encourage and build others up. When we encourage others they too are spurred on to have an eternal perspective – lifting their eyes to the hope we have in Jesus.
Whilst the world’s media may send us into a downward spiral… whilst our work or family may cause us to be downcast… our eternal hope will change our attitude to today.