Hello. It’s nice to have you here, again. This is in continuation of the article: The Key to Joyful Living: Grow in Christ-likeness – Peter Tan-Chi. According to this series of Eternal Perspective, to grow in Christ-likeness means to observe the four principles. The first principle was to Be Obedient. To know more, you may read here: Eternal Perspective: Be Obedient. The second principle is to Do Your Part. To know more how to do your part, you may read here: Eternal Perspective: Do Your Part. The third principle is “Do not Grumble”. To know more about this, you may read here: Eternal Perspective: Do Not Grumble. In this article, we will be expanding the fourth principle which is to “Pursue Eternal Values”, according to the words of our head Pastor Peter Tan-Chi. You may also refer to the video clip embedded at the bottom of this post for reference.
The last of four principles is to pursue eternal values. This is the reality: Consciously or unconsciously, you and I are living for something. We wake up each day with the thought of doing our work for something or someone. We are always looking after something. The question is, “What are you pursuing?”.
What are you pursuing?
For many people, it’s the pursuit of money, power, and career. However, eternal values are different. Eternal values are things that you puruse that you know will last for eternity. As believer, we have different perspective. We don’t look at things based on the physical world only.
The physical world is one reality, but the spiritual world is another reality. The bible tells us the reality that Jesus is coming again. Life on earth is temporal. Pastor Peter believes that the Covid-19 pandemic is a wake up call for everyone. It is a reminder that this world is not our home. It is a reminder that we should not waste our lives in pursuing things which do not last.
Many of us are spending our lives on things that ultimately won’t matter. Let this be the time for you to reflect on what God really wants you to do. Remember that everything else in this life is passing away; and only what is done for Christ will last. Eternal values, the souls of your children, the souls of the people, what you do for Jesus – think about these things during this time. Discuss with your loved one.
What are you really pursuing? What is really the purpose of your life? Is it accumulation of wealth? Is it business? Think about it because at the end of your life, everything you have in this world, you will them all behind. So, what does really makes sense?
When the day comes…
When the day comes when we stand before God, how wonderful it is to hear Him say, “Good job, you faithful servant!” If you look forward to this, starting from now, begin to seek after the heart of God. Begin to ask Him what will you do with your resources, your time, your wealth, your relationships?
Be intentional in doing things. In whatever you do, ask yourself, will God be glorified with this? Remember, that God looks at the heart of everyone. This kind of lifestyle will result in joy.
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Cha of Little Misadvencha is a Filipino Civil Engineer, researcher and a fur mom. She came from General Santos City and finds that everything in life teaches her a lesson. She is inspired to write about and out of her experiences, but later found out that it was her experiences that actually inspire her.
I am not religious so I can’t agree with the philosophies of religion, or looking at the Covid 19 pandemic from a religious point of view. I can’t understand however how these beliefs are a grounding point for religious people and help them go through difficult times.
I think it’s important to take stock in what really motivates you in life and work towards that, whatever it is. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!
I love the positivity that you exude in your writing. That is definitely something needed more than ever right now.
So true and it’s so Important to be true to yourself. I feel like it can be so hard. Great reminder.
Thank you for sharing all of this! It’s a lot to think about. I just always try to do the right thing as best I can!
Very interesting discussion. Thank you for sharing. I think, especially at the moment, we all need something to motivate and to keep us on the right path. Whether it’s religion or not is dependant on the person.
Sometimes we get too weighed down with the temporal to see the eternal. It is very hard to be in the world and not sucked in by the day to day grind. Good thoughts.
This is such a timely post given the circumstances. I always try to live my life with deep meaning.