As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

Bumped into a guy I knew from some time back the other morning and after going through the pleasantries I inquired about about his welfare and work status. 

He excitedly told me of a new permanent position he had won which was a huge relief after working on a casual basis for so long. This permanent placement would mean so many eligible benefits that he never received while being employed on a casual basis. 

In my happiness for this man I was reminded of how we as believers, though ‘permanently’ having the eternal hope of the unfailing blessing of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ ever before us - we can often live in the present, like mere casuals. Casuals in the sense that ‘casual Christianity’ loves to treat the temporary aspects and values of this world as though they were of highest priority. Casuals in the sense that Christians can become so captivated by temporary worldly concepts (many of which are good) that the eternal and permanent benefits that God gives now and forever, often are treated as secondary. 

The question we need to ask ourselves over the permanent versus casual employment status on earth, is what am I as a Christian? Does my permanently eternal status with Jesus Christ, with all the never ending benefits of glory, captivate me in the here and now so much that they motivate and direct me in all my priorities for living. If not - they should!