Philippians 3:19-4:7; Philippians 3:13-15; Matthew 6:30-33; Matthew 6:19-24; I Peter 1:3-25; 2 Corinthians 4:17
I. A Belief in the Sovereignty of God
II. A Transcendent Vision for Eternity
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.- C.S. Lewis
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.- Jim Elliot
Did I firmly believe, as millions say they do, that the knowledge and practice of religion in this life influences destiny in another, religion would mean to me everything. I would cast away all earthly enjoyments as dross, earthly cares as Follies, and earthly thoughts and feelings as vanity. Religion would be my first waking thought, and my last image before sleep sank me into unconsciousness. I should labor in its cause alone. I would take thought for the tomorrow of eternity alone. I would esteem one soul gained for heaven worth a life of suffering. Earthly consequences should never stay my hand, nor seal my lips. Earth, its joys and its griefs, would occupy no moment of my thoughts. I would strive to look upon eternity alone, and on the immortal souls around me, soon to be everlastingly happy or everlastingly miserable. I would go forth to the world and preach it in season and out of season and my text would be, “what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?