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What is your orientation? Have you taken time to recognize whether your Christian lifestyle is earthly or eternal? Have you invested enough time to know the truth, and live up to the expectations of the truth? Or you’re so busy that you are following the path of least resistance? Are you working for legacy or cheap popularity? Are you looking for eternal rewards or immediate gratifications? Knowing your orientation by asking these and other similar questions is profitable at many levels.
Jesus led eternity-oriented lifestyle. His preoccupation was pursuing his assignment and pleasing the Father (John 4: 34). Jesus never worried about what other people thought of Him. He never went out to seek no one’s approval. He endured ridicule, persecution, and even a humiliating death knowing that these were just temporal.
The setbacks, challenges, betrayals, and loneness He experienced while He was on earth were tolerable because of what was awaiting Him in eternity. Paul wrote, “For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12: 2). Moses too, “He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward” (Hebrews 11: 26). If you review history, many servants of God had endured temporary earthly sufferings, obscurity, setbacks, and persecutions in anticipation of receiving eternal rewards. Their preoccupations were identifying who they were, why they were there, what He wanted them to do in that generation, and giving everything they got to fulfill their assignments. Their eyes were fixed on the other side. The temporary distractions, temptations, obstacles, and frustrations they faced as they pursued their assignments didn’t distract them?
I asked myself this question some years ago. I don’t want to waste your time by recounting the journey it took me to answer this question. Rather, I would like to give you just three indicators you may consider using to know your orientation. First, are you obsessed with following God hundred percent and whole-heartedly?
When we are preoccupied with what other people think of who we are and what we do, and go the extra mile to please people with the hope to gain acceptance and recognition without making sure these extra efforts won’t sabotage our walk with God, we know that we are worldly oriented. Unfortunately, many Christians just do this without even knowing it. If you closely watch some of your Christian friends, you could be able to witness that they are appeasers of others. This faulty orientation short-circuits their eternal rewards. They may gain popularity, tones of approvals, and applauds here on earth and from fellow human kinds. That is it! Don’t get me wrong. Even if we are eternity oriented and mature Christians whose walk with God is upright, we need to seek other people’s feedbacks. We need counselors, coaches, and mentors who went ahead of us.
Another parameter to employ to figure out our orientation is our patience. I have had mentees who thought that something must be wrong because they couldn’t achieve quick results. They were impatient. Who blames them? They gave their best and had been five to ten years in ministry works. The challenge was their expectations. They expected hundreds and thousands of followers and extra ordinary results that match their extraordinary efforts. They became impatient when that didn’t happen since their orientation was not eternal- long view…
Jesus almost lost all of His followers at one point. Even then, He asked the remaining 12 disciples, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” (John 6: 67). Because of His orientation, Jesus was never in hurry to achieve results. His eyes were focused on the assignment. For that matter, He was rejected during His lifetime on earth. He didn’t have much to show as success. He gained acceptance and following long after He had left this world. If our preoccupation is getting quick results and immediate gratification than a legacy that endures, our orientation is messed up. When we are eternity oriented, we know that we are eternal. We know that we are here in this world for a brief moment. Whether we have one year, ten years, or ten decades here on earth, what counts is whether we are committed, faithful, and on the assignment. Our job isn’t to worry about results. That is His territory. Jesus didn’t worry. Here is just one example, “For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me” (John 6: 44). He wasn’t desperate to gain following.
Another indicator is your passion to know the truth and live up to its expectations. When your orientation is eternal, your preoccupation is to know the eternal truth. You won’t settle for less. You don’t accept a ‘truth’ at its face value. You invest time and commit yourself to know the truth from the Source. Those whose inclination is earthly; they go for short cuts. They feed themselves what is popular, and acceptable by the mass. They are afraid to walk alone because that is what happens when someone knows the truth. It sets them free of pretention, and in turn to live up to the expectations of the truth they uncovered regardless of the prices. They won’t settle for ideas, thoughts, and beliefs that haven’t passed the test of time.
If you are experiencing some forms of resistances, setbacks, defeats, and so on because you know who you are, why you are here in this world, your uniqueness, and because you’re pursuing your assignment, living up to the truths that you have uncovered and the values that you embraced, cheer up! You’re a man or woman of legacy. You are too valuable to opt for shortcuts. You are honorable and a person of integrity. Your rewards are eternal so hang in there…
AHM is dedicated to help Christians make a shift in their orientation from earthly to eternity. The teachings of the ministry are based on time tested eternal truths. The goal is to raise new breed of Christians who commit themselves to know the truth, and live up to the standards of the truth. The ministry equips Christians with the necessary teachings that empower them leave a legacy by fulfilling their assignment.