If we really believed in eternity, would we behave the way we do?
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (John 5:24)
There’s a line to be drawn, of course (or perhaps it’s not as obvious as I am describing).
Should I care about accumulating more in the stock market if I know I have eternal life?
I’m not exactly sure on this. If I am fearful of having enough to keep a roof over my head, I feel it’s still worth doing so.
But that could still be flawed thinking on my part.
Regardless, eternity and my concerns for present day are in conflict:
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:31-34)