An eternal perspective is a regard for the eternal, unseen things of faith. It is staying focused on God and his promises and loosening the tight grip we hold upon our earthly life. An eternal perspective is exceedingly necessary for the Christian.
Seeing things with an eternal perspective can be more challenging than it sounds. People will find that we are in a constant battle to not fall back into treasuring what is seen instead of what is unseen. The temporal plane and the eternal plane both hold radically dissimilar archetypes. Not only are they different, they often contend with one another.
Since we are physical beings it is far more natural to focus and set our desires upon the physical realm. The things we can see are things that we are more likely to be able to control and will provide us with more instant gratification. As a result, Christians are in a constant skirmish with the flesh.
Since we are so deeply immersed and connected to the physical world, how then can we cultivate the eternal perspective in our lifetime? Well, the eternal perspective requires a leap of faith, a reliance upon God, and study of scripture.
We must form our way of thinking to constantly regard God and the greater picture. As we align our perspectives with God’s word our priorities will make a dramatic shift.
It is indeed imperative for the Christian to become aware of these two rival value systems that pull the soul in two directions. By having this eternal perspective we can do just as Hebrews 12:1-2 says:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and protector of faith.” Heb 12:1-2 (NIV).