Rick Warren (April-03-2021) Daily Devotional: God Designed You for More
“We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)
God created you to live in heaven with him for eternity. Heaven is your home—not Earth.
That’s why you sometimes experience discontentment and dissatisfaction in life. You’re not completely happy here because you’re not supposed to be!
ight think you could live without God. But God created you to long for something much better—a home If you were totally happy on Earth, you min heaven with him.
A fish would never be happy living on land, because it was made for water. An eagle could never feel satisfied if it wasn’t allowed to fly.
You will never feel completely satisfied on Earth, because you were made for more. You will have happy moments here, but it’s nothing compared to what God has planned for you in eternity.
This is also why some of God’s promises seem unfulfilled, some prayers seem unanswered, and some circumstances seem unfair. This life is not the end of the story.
When you realize life on Earth is just temporary, it radically alters your values. Eternal values, not temporal ones, become the deciding factor for your decisions.
The Bible tells us to “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV).
The next time you find yourself longing for more than this life offers you, remember that’s just evidence that you were made for something more!
Talk It Over
- How does Easter weekend remind you that you were made for more than this Earth offers?
- What are the things that will last in your life?
- How does an eternal perspective change everyday aspects of your life—like goals, plans, schedules, and relationships?
- Have you trusted God’s promise of salvation?
I can think of no better way to celebrate Easter than by repenting of your sins and trusting God for salvation through Jesus. If you’re ready to commit your life to Jesus, then pray this prayer:
“Dear Jesus, I believe you created me to live with you for eternity. You have promised that if I believe in you, everything I’ve ever done wrong will be forgiven, I will learn the purpose of my life, and you will accept me into your eternal home in heaven one day.
“I confess my sin, and I believe you are God, my Savior. I receive you into my life as my Lord. Today, I’m turning every part of my life over to you. I want to follow you and do what you tell me to do.
“Jesus, I am grateful for your love and your sacrifice that makes it possible for me to join you in heaven. I know I don’t deserve it. And I thank you that I don’t have to earn or work for my salvation, because I know that is impossible. I want to use the rest of my life to serve you instead of serving myself. I humbly commit my life to you, and I ask you to save me and accept me into your family. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
May the word of God in this Online Sermon transform us for good in Jesus name.