Deep down in our hearts, we know that we were made for something more. We all have this inner sense of the eternal; we have this sense that there is something beyond the grave. We sense this because God designed us to long for something more—himself. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says it this way, “God has set eternity in the human heart.”
There is a longing in the heart of every human being. There is a sense deep inside us that we were meant for something more. C.S Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity:
Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
In spite of this God-given longing, often ignore it. Or we try to bury it under a flurry of activity or try reason it away. But it’s always there because God has placed it there.
Understanding eternity is one of the most critical aspects of our faith, so it’s important that we seek to understand it as best we can. The best way to live this life is to keep your eyes on the next one.
If we believe that this world is all there is, then we will expect from this world more than it can ever give to us. We’ll look to the people and the circumstances around us to provide the inner peace and satisfaction that our hearts craving, and we’ll end up being frustrated.
Thankfully, as Christians, this world is not our final destination: Our ultimate home is not here; Our ultimate happiness is not here; Our ultimate hope is not here; Our ultimate loyalty is not here.
The best way to live this life is to keep your eyes on the next one.