The Hebrew word hebel, translated “futile” (NET), “vanity” (NAU), and “meaningless” (NIV), is often used to refer to a rapidly evaporating vapor. It appears throughout Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes) to speak of the radically transitory nature of life “under the sun.” In contrast, the Greek term aionios describes the eternal quality and duration of life under the Son.
Sometimes I think if we really got our head around the fact that the length of our current existence is actually less than a nano second when compared to the unimaginable forever of eternity, we would more often go through life with an open palm rather than a clenched fist concerning what we choose to hold on to and what we choose to let go of.
We’ve all heard the expression, “He’s so heavenly minded he’s of no earthly good.” Well, it’s more likely that one would be so earthly minded, that if it were not for the believer’s future deliverance from sin’s presence, such an individual would be of little heavenly good! Plus, what’s wrong with being heavenly minded? Have you seriously wondered recently what Heaven will be like, in terms of what it’s actually going to consist of?
In part, I think Heaven will be every facet of our redeemed and glorified being eternally existing in a reverential state of consciousness while experiencing the peace, fulfillment, and fellowship with God we were originally created to know. Until then, every so often, we’re blessed with just a little taste of this future reality which whets our appetite for more. And so coming from that place of passionate expectancy, heavenly mindedness is not about trying to avoid the uncertain here and now, it’s embracing the certain there and then!
At the end of the day, when all is said and done, this temporary world order is only capable of offering that which is momentary at best and destructive at worst. So until we reach the permanent world order to come, our most compelling and enduring motive for seeking God’s help in doing those things we know we should do, and receiving God’s help to not do those things we know we shouldn’t do, is simply the heart felt desire to draw closer to Him. I say this because I recognize that intimate relation with the Divine Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer, is our greatest good and therefore our highest goal. This is our present focus within a future locus.