Lord, make me to know my end, and what is the extent of my days, let me know how transient I am. Behold, You have made my days as handsbreadths, and my lifetime as nothing in Your sight, surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Psalm 39:4-5
So how do we develop an eternal perspective?
One word: Jesus.
Jesus had an eternal perspective like no other, because He has existed from eternity past (don’t think about it too hard—you’ll get a migraine). But for those 33 years on earth, He had an eternal perspective—our eternity. Look what the Bible says in Hebrews 12:1-3,
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us (the people who lived in faith with an eternal perspective before us who are now with Jesus), let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right had of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.
On the cross, Jesus had our eternity in mind. He endured the horrific pain, the punishment from God so that we could be reunited with God forever. He is the key to developing and living out an eternal perspective.
In 100 years from now, when there will be all new people, only Jesus will truly matter. What we did with Him during our life will matter. The legacy we leave behind will be important, because it affects future generations. To live with an eternal perspective, we need to focus on Jesus so that we may discern between the urgent and the truly important.