The song “Farther Along” by Josh Garrels is a fresh take on a classic gospel song that sees life from the perspective of eternity: “Farther along we’ll know all about it / Farther along we’ll understand why / Cheer up my brothers, live in the sunshine / We’ll understand this, all by and by . . . More glory than the world has known / Keeps me ramblin’ on.”
Living in light of eternity is another faith- filled antidote to the sin of worry. Jesus began today’s reading with a brief parable about a fig tree. The point was that there would be noticeable signs indicating that the kingdom—in this case meaning Christ’s return—is near. From one perspective, some will be surprised when that day comes. It will be like a thief in the night (see 1 Thess. 5:1–3). But from another perspective, we’ll see it coming. The signs will be clear, as in the case of weather or the seasons. In any case, these things will surely happen.
In light of these prophetic truths, we’re to be spiritually on guard. Specifically, one danger is that our “hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life” (v. 34). That is, instead of reading the signs of the times and living accordingly, we might get immersed and distracted with everyday life and temporal matters. Then the Day of the Lord will come as a surprise, like a trap being sprung. Tragically, the sin of worry can thus prevent us from leading lives of eternal value.
To employ the strategy of living in light of eternity, we should be spiritually watchful and in prayer (v. 36). When Christ returns, we want to stand before Him unashamed (see 1 John 2:28). We want to be found faithful!
Apply the Word
Christian music can remind us to take an eternal perspective on our earthly lives. Whether you prefer hymns, praise songs, or other musical genres, there is a wealth of music to help focus your heart on gratitude to God. Make a playlist of these songs to encourage your spirit and create an atmosphere of trust and praise to the Lord.