“OUR LIFE IS BUT A DOT IN ETERNITY”

That’s the phrase that I heard for the first time three years ago when I was a student in SBS (School of Biblical Studies).

 

Our life is but a dot in eternity. Don’t know what that exactly means?

Well imagine this never-ending line and somewhere on the line there is this red dot.

That red dot represents our life and the never-ending line is eternity.

 

 

We think that our lives are forever – or at least that is how it feels like – but in reality our lives are just that small red dot in the midst of eternity.

Realising this hit me so hard when hearing this statement in a teaching on the book of 2 Timothy. Paul’s last letter to Timothy before he gets beheaded in Rome.

 

It’s a letter that encourages Timothy to fight the good fight, “to be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, and carry out the ministry fully.” (2 Timothy 4:5)

Timothy was a young man in Ephesus, a place where immorality was going on, idol worship, false teachings, and such. Being surrounded by such opposition you could imagine the discouragement and doubts Timothy would have had having to live out a life glorifying Christ against all odds.

That’s where Paul comes in and tells Timothy to not be ashamed of the testimony of the Lord, to rely on the power of God, according to His purpose and grace. To endure through the hardships and struggles – for the sake of Christ knowing that He is worth it, that Christ has risen from the dead and there is eternal life that awaits. So keep going, keep pressing through.

Paul’s life was an example to Timothy in a way where he lived his life with no regrets and to the fullness in confidence of walking out the calling God had placed on his life. He writes, “…I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day,, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

He then tells Timothy, “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the livin gand the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim this message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince; rebuke; and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:1-2)

It was now time for Timothy to stand firm and be encouraged to walk out a life glorifying God in the city of Ephesus where basically no one was really following God. To speak out – to speak the Truth of the Gospel.

 

Seeing Paul’s life and dedication, and the charge to Timothy made me think and should also make you think:

How am I living out my life?”, “Am I living my life with an eternal perspective or for the now?”, “What has God called me to do and am I doing it?”, “What am I doing with the treasures that God has given me? with the Gospel?

 

Are we living out a life worthy of Christ? Worthy of the calling He has given us?

And that’s just it. Our lives are but a dot in eternity.

Our lives here on earth are not forever – we all will wither and die eventually.

What are we going to do with the time that we have been given in our lives?

Of course, our journey does not end there. Christ died giving us eternal life.

But still how we live our lives here matter – and it matters in eternity.

Knowing that our lives are but a dot in eternity – we must live with an eternal perspective.

 

For Timothy it wasn’t easy. He had to face some pretty rough oppositions from others who were going against the true Gospel and worshipping other idols. And it is the same for us today in this world. Life is not easy and it never will be but through the hardships and discouragements if we focus on the eternal perspective of knowing that what we are doing in this life for the Lord is WORTH it – that there is the hope of eternity with Him – it gives us hope and encouragement in this life, in the midst of this world, in the times of hardship and trials.

 

It is easy sometimes to focus on the here and now and feel like giving up when we face hard times but stop and think : what are you living you living your life for? who are you living it for?

And if you were to finish the race – would you look back on your life and have no regrets? would your life have been lived worthy of Christ? was your life lived worth it?

 

Guys, our lives are but a dot in eternity and how we live now matters.

Let us not take the treasures of what God has given us for granted but rather, let us live a life of faith, endurance, evangelism, a life that is worthy unto HIS NAME!

 

Our lives, a dot in eternity – fight the good fight and run the good race.

AUTHOR:
SAHRANG YANG


Sahrang did her Awaken DTS in 2013 in Kona, Hawaii. She then did her School of Biblical Studies in 2015-16 and since then has been serving as staff with SBS for two years.