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Introduction

His Roles: Week 1

His Roles: Week 2

His Roles: Week 3

His Roles: Week 4

His Joy: Week 5

His Joy: Week 6

His Joy: Week 7

His Joy: Week 8

His Strength: Week 9

His Strength: Week 10

His Strength: Week 11

His Strength: Week 12

His Sensitivity: Week 13

His Sensitivity: Week 14

His Sensitivity: Week 15

His Sensitivity: Week 16

His Loyalty: Week 17

His Loyalty: Week 18

His Loyalty: Week 19

His Loyalty: Week 20

His Love: Week 21

His Love: Week 22

His Love: Week 23

His Love: Week 24

His Leadership: Week 25

His Leadership: Week 26

His Leadership: Week 27

His Leadership: Week 28

His Teachings: Week 29

His Teachings: Week 30

His Teachings: Week 31

His Teachings: Week 32

His Light: Week 33

His Light: Week 34

His Light: Week 35

His Light: Week 36

His Priorities: Week 37

His Priorities: Week 38

His Priorities: Week 39

His Priorities: Week 40

His Spirit: Week 41

His Spirit: Week 42

His Spirit: Week 43

His Spirit: Week 44

His Balance: Week 45

His Balance: Week 46

His Balance: Week 47

His Balance: Week 48

Next Year:

By Richard and Linda Eyre

Month 10: His Priorities
“My Kingdom is not of this world”

WEEK 37: ETERNAL FRAME OF REFERENCE

A child, living and seeing in the moment, wants the candy now. A parent, with slightly wider vision, sees no appetite for dinner and another cavity in the teeth.

We children, during our turn on earth, see (and want) the material, physical world. Our Father and our Elder Brother see eternal purpose and the things we must gain to return to them.

Therefore, Christ says to us, “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt” (Matthew 6:20). What an example was his life – free from the things that the world calls great, but filled with the light and life that lasts long after earth’s glories fade!

Christ saw all things in their true perspective, in the eternal frame of reference. Thus those who broke laws, who went wrong, who hurt him, who crucified him were not enemies to be fought but friends who needed help – brothers and sisters whom he had come to save.

It was as though Christ, even with his feet on the earth, preserved his vision from above so that he saw more than the moment and based his feelings and his actions on eternal rather than on mere earthly realities.

The enemies, in his frame of reference, were never the people he had come to save. Instead, the enemies were always the evils that could hurt those people and that could block the salvation he sought for them. Hypocrisy, greed, sin – these were the destroyers, the things Christ came to subdue.

Try for a moment to glimpse things from his perspective – a perspective of being fully aware of the realities of the premortal life, the spirit world, and the degrees of glory:
--evil becomes a need for help
--enemies become brothers and sisters who misunderstand
--death becomes birth
--leadership becomes service
--God becomes Father
--children become respected brothers and sisters
--paid and opposition become purpose and joy
--families become eternal organizations
--weakness becomes humility and potential spiritual strength
--earthly riches become mind-diverting things with no value unless they are used to help and serve
--wisdom, understanding, and intelligence become part of the eternal soul – things that last
--faith, hope and charity become passports back to the Father.

One reason that Christ’s life was so different from any man’s is that he saw the whole circle of eternal life – 360 degrees – while we so often see only the narrow slice of the moment.
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