Setting our Perspective Right

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed ohope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself ta people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
— Titus 2:11-14

The past few months I have been thinking a great deal about my need for perspective. Specifically an eternal perspective. What will eternity be like for the Christian, for the one who has run to Christ alone for mercy and grace? And how does that shape the way I experience today? How does that change what I say and do? And what I give my whole self to? Yesterday, my good friend Brian Allred gave a sermon on Titus 2:11-14 entitled Exercising Self-Control. One of his exhortations for cultivating self-control in our lives was to adopt a perspective of eternity. Because of the return of Christ, we have real power to deny ourselves as we wait for that great day which will bring greater joy than anything we can imagine. As I left church and got in my car I happened to turn on the album Instruments of Mercy by Beautiful Eulogy and listened to their song "Acquired in Heaven." I believe that the best way to gain eternal perspective is by allowing our imagination to meditate on the glory coming in the New Heavens and the New Earth, when Jesus returns. I am not a poet. And so at this point I will stop typing and allow you to enjoy the lyrical giftedness of Beautiful Eulogy. 

Acquired in Heaven is Track 14. 

Acquired in Heaven

by Beautiful Eulogy

On that day we will sing of the Name more excellent than angels

 A purified bride

A refined heart, speech and mind

Where unity and fellowship is perfected in the church. 

Where divine love

Rests in the hearts of the inhabitants of the new earth. 

And receive a crown only to cast it down

At the feet of the resurrected Jesus

In a perfect ceaseless form of worship.

Singing Glory!

To the liberating King who came not to conquer kingdoms

But conquer hearts and restore

Men back to what they were intended for

And escape from this life marked by anguish

A great fountain of love that flows from heaven's gates awaits us

You can take this world

It's joys, and it's fleeting pleasures

But give us Jesus, our future hope and our greatest treasure

The fulfillment of our expectation

With nothing to separate us

Nothing to hinder the saints

From the greatest expression of adoration

Finally fit with language to describe

With the right words to express

The richness of eternal possession

The blessing of inheritance

Where God will be seen through purified eyes

Purged from the sin that blinded us from viewing God as glorified

Where love will be expressed with the perfect affection

Until then, we wait with expectation for all that we will acquire

In heaven. 


You did everything required to save us and bring us

Into Your presence so to know You and behold You

Is our hearts desire

There is nothing higher

Nothing greater to acquire

Holy, Holy, Holy

Is the song of the choir

Your people sing Your praises

Gathered from all the nations

We were chosen to be holy and Blameless before the earth's foundation

And it's only on the basis of Your glorious grace

And we will never grow tired of gazing upon Your face

And falling before Your feet

Worshipping at Your throne

Your appearance is like carnelian and precious gemstones

Like nothing we've ever seen

Your glory never fades

The lamb of God who was slain to wash away sins stain

We were ransomed by Your blood

Your loss was our gain

And You live forevermore


Forever You will reign

The King of all Kings

Name above every Name

And everyone who trusts in

You will not be put to shame

O Jesus, King most wonderful

Thou Conqueror renowned

Thou Sweetness most ineffable

In whom all joys are found!

O Jesus, Light of all below

Thou Fount of life and fire

Surpassing all the joys we know

And all we can desire--

May every heart confess Thy name

And ever Thee adore

And, seeking Thee, itself inflame

To seek Thee more and more!