Christians are sometimes told that they are out of touch with life; they are living in a dream world and missing out on a lot of fun. Actually, the unsaved person is the one living in a dream world. It doesn’t take much thought to validate this claim. In the invisible world, there is no time. Time exists only in this “bubble” we call life. We only exist in life to make a decision where we will spend eternity. We receive Jesus as Savior and Lord or we reject Him. There is no middle ground! To do nothing is to reject Him by default. Paul, in II Corinthians 4:18, points out that, “….the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Nevertheless, multitudes live for the here and now. They move relentlessly on in this brief interlude we call life, ignoring eternal issues and losing themselves in temporal matters that will vanish quickly. So, who’s out of touch? In Hebrews 11:25, we learn that one can “….enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” That season can end suddenly or shortly! Dreamers go through life trying to glean excitement, pleasure, material things, recognition, popularity, etc. only to awake to a real nightmare; one that is eternal! On the other hand, the child of God leaves this earthly scene to awaken to eternal realities and blessing. Who is really out of touch? Even Shakespeare said something like this in one of his plays, “Out, out, brief candle! Life is but a poor player, a walking shadow that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.” (Approximate quote). Paul’s exhortation to the Colossian Christians, in Chapter 3, Verse 2, is a sound command for us, we who are Christ’s: “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Fanny Crosby understood. In her hymn, “Give Me Jesus,” she saw what mattered; what was real, “Take the world, but give me Jesus, all its joys are but a name; but His love abideth ever, through eternal years the same. O the height and depth of mercy! O the length and breadth of love! O the fullness of redemption, pledge of endless life above!” Selah! The unsaved person is out of touch with God and real life; the born again person is in touch with God and will be for all eternity. Christians are to learn to live with eternity’s values in view.
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