Are your thoughts confined within the limits of this world’s horizon? You have the option to free your mind: by discarding the temporal mindset most of humanity have – and think eternal.
A person, while yet living, must come to a realization that he or she is a little “eternal mind” being, a piece from the original, great Eternal Mind Being (God). This will greatly benefit him or her in day-to-day living by means of understanding and peace.
God, the Creator of the universe, our world and everything in it, made only one creation that is in the likeness of His own image: mankind (Gen 1.27). Only mankind closely resembles God. Naturally, we are not referring to physical form or image here, for God is an infinite Spirit and has no material form. We are talking of intangible likeness. In essence, man is both a spirit and mind being, just like our Creator. He gave us physical form, the earthen body to give distinction and individuality to each one of us, but inside is the likeness of the image of God.
Only humans can think, imagine, reason, create, invent, analyze, deduce, judge, innovate, and so forth. We have such distinct powers. Our pets, or any other animal, or the fishes in the ocean cannot do these things; neither can the trees and grasses nor the moon and stars, etc. Only humans can do these because of God’s endowment. The Creator’s mental and spiritual faculties were endowed upon us during creation. We have that piece of consciousness from our Creator, which is the evidence of our existence, or being into being, or alive, as we should say. That spark of the thinking processes coupled with being a living soul is our primary inheritance from Him. Not only does it recognize that we now exist, it is the very proof that we exist.
We also inherited His nature, or divine qualities. Goodness (righteousness, holiness, uprightness) is His basic nature. He is the original source and influence of this for all men and women. Evil is not His nature. This we did not inherit from Him, but learned and acquired in this world, that is because of the fallen state of man.
Now, let us go back to our essence:
“And the Lord formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed to his nostrils the breathe of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen 2.7).
God was not only our creator, He was also our origin. When a carpenter creates a house, he erects it by using wood, concrete, steel, and other materials outside of his self. Our Creator made us from His Self. An earthen body is worthless without “the breath of life”. Just look at a corpse and it would not be hard to realize that.
If our creator and origin is eternal, what that then tells us? It tells us that we are also eternal! Though we are in these “earthly houses” called bodies, the occupants thereof are eternal.
Humanity has, for centuries of its existence, been living according to the flesh. The flesh, the temporal lesser part of our being, has taken over our mindset. This is why God the Father sent His Son to save us from this dire situation. Below are excerpts from Encyclopedia Britannica 1956 edition, article Jesus Christ:
…”It was a task of almost incalculable difficulty, nothing less than to give to plain, matter-of-fact men a vision of reality which would become for them a permanent factor of experience and an inspiration for ethical development. It was to lift thought, feeling, and aspiration in such men from the level at which they are bounded by the horizon of this present life to the level they attain when that horizon disappears“.
“It was to reveal and commend the possibility of a ‘life’ of a different quality from that which is nourished ‘by bread alone’, a life natural to the family of God, alike in its joy, its ethical character and its permanence”.
Christ wanted us to live beyond the flesh and the limits of this world; to not just live for the now, but for eternity. He is the door or gate to the eternal mindset. He stated:
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away (Mt. 24.35)”.
Clinging to all His teachings will transport anyone from the temporal to the eternal way of thinking. Follow the Apostle Paul’s advice to go beyond this world’s horizon:
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth (Col. 3.2)”.
The transition will not take in one day or week, but with constant adherence to learning the ways of God, it will happen. Do not mind how long it takes – what one should mind is losing the opportunity to be ready for eternal happiness. God said:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Is. 55.8-9)”.
The eternal God (who neither has beginning nor end), TOTALLY THINKS DIFFERENTLY from us. While He thinks from the eternal perspective, we think from the temporal point of view. It is no wonder our ways of thinking do not meet His. This situation of not even meeting God half-way is the cause for many of our stresses and frustrations.
When things go in the way we do not expect, or when adverse events disrupt our peaceful routine, we lose our composure; fear and stress set in, and in worse cases, panic. While He may be seeing of what is going to be a good outcome in the long run, we only see the worst of the worst.
Remember, the LORD only wants us to go to eternal life with Him. All His energies and maneuverings, and all his dealings with us point to that direction – this is if you belong to Him. So, if anyone wants to understand God: belong to Him and thinks the way He thinks. It is not too late to attune with Him, for Christ has not come yet (to judge).
In conclusion, let us look at the insight of Benedictus Spinoza, a renowned Dutch philosopher:
“At the highest stage of knowledge, that of ‘intuitive knowledge’, the mind apprehends all things as expressions of the eternal cosmos. It sees all things in God, and God in all things. It feels itself as part of the eternal order, identifying its thoughts with cosmic thoughts, and its interest with cosmic interests. Thereby it becomes eternal as one of the eternal ideas in which the Attribute Thought (God) expresses itself, and attains to that ‘blessedness’ which is ‘not the reward of virtue, but virtue itself’, that is, the perfect joy which characterizes perfect self-activity. This is not an easy or common achievement, but everything excellent is as difficult as it is rare”.
God bless us all, and may we all realize that we were made for eternity. Eternity does not begin in the future, it begins now. You must commit to it now, that you may have it now and forever. You might not see it if you wait for it.