Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Crawford Loritts' book, For a Time We Cannot See: Living Today in Light of Heaven, (Moody Publishers, 2005).

The concerns of your life right now give you plenty to deal with every day. But if you don’t look beyond them to your future in heaven, all your busy activity will lead only to emptiness.

Instead of living for the present, live with your eternal destiny in mind. That way, you’ll fulfill God’s great purposes for your life before you leave this earth for heaven.

Here’s how you can live today in light of heaven:

Make sure your life reflects the foundation on which you’re built. Remember that Jesus Christ is the foundation of your life. Don’t let anything or anyone else replace Him as your top priority. Recognize that you will be held accountable for the choices you make. Whenever you’re faced with a decision, choose what reflects values that endure rather than what seems appealing but is perishable.

Embrace the confidence God wants to give you. Realize that, since you will forever, you don’t need to walk through life burdened by fears and worries. Thank Jesus for His sacrifice on the cross that has made your eternal life possible and given you the power to overcome any sin that assaults you. Moment by moment, surrender your thoughts and actions to Jesus, relying on His unlimited power to deal wisely with every challenge you face.

Keep your eyes on the prize. Ask God to give you a vision of how He would like you to fulfill His purposes for your life. Think and pray about specific goals you should set for yourself to stay focused on those purposes. Constantly ask yourself how any activity you’re considering might contribute to what you want to accomplish or who you want to become. Eliminate distractions that deplete time and energy you could be using to fulfill God’s purposes for you. Work diligently, remembering that you don’t know when you’re time on Earth will be up. Persevere, refusing to quit because of pressure or adversity. Serve with excellence, giving your best effort to whatever assignments God gives you.

Pursue significance instead of success. Don’t waste your efforts working toward what society considers success, such as achievements and wealth. Instead, work toward what God values and will last forever. Understand that you don’t need the worldly trappings of success to validate yourself. Remember that God loves you deeply, just as you are. Look to God alone for a sense of your true significance. Honestly consider whether you’ve surrendered every part of your life to God, or whether you are still pursuing your own agendas in some ways. Confess and repent of your efforts to control your own destiny. Trust your dreams to God, knowing that His dreams for you are better than what you could dream for yourself. Realize that you can’t predict all that God has planned for you and the full extent of how significant your contributions on Earth will be. So do your very best with everything you sense God calling you to do. Don’t compare yourself with anyone else, or compete with others. Understand that God has a unique plan for your life. Place your confidence in God Himself, rather than in the natural talents and spiritual gifts He has given you or the skills He has made it possible for you to learn. Be open to serving with humility in any way God leads you.

 

Invite God to use you every day. Be alert for opportunities for God to use you to accomplish His purposes each day. Realize that you don’t need to wait for a more exciting time or place to serve God; He can and will use you in the midst of mundane or difficult circumstances. Stay faithful, trusting that God will bring something of eternal value out of every situation in which you serve Him. Stay in close contact with God in prayer throughout every day, seeking His guidance and relying on His strength to help you. Whenever you sense God leading you to do something, obey right away, giving yourself completely to the work He has for you to do.