‘My one hope and trust is that I shall never have to admit defeat, but that now as alays I shall have the courage for Christ to be glorified in my body, whether by my life or by my death.’ – Philppians 1:20
The things you are surrounded by reminds you that you belong to two worlds:
- The hunger in your belly for food and the hunger in your heart for love;
- The anger about daily harsh realities and the gratitude for the gift of life;
- The pressure to be what others think of you and the comfort of accepting yourself as God’s child;
- The exposure of our physical frame to criticisms and the privacy of our minds;
- The death of a loved one and the birth of a child;
- The pain of loss and the hope of immortality.
These are only a few of the ways we are constantly reminded that we are pilgrims on earth and citizens of heaven. Our time on earth is largely a preparation for heaven. What shall it profit a person to gain everything on earth and lose their soul, knowing that they came naked into the world and will not take a pin out of it? It will seem like life is just one big waste of time until we consider the reality of Christ’s death and resurrection. Read 1Corinthians 15:12-34. By his rising from the dead, Christ has shown us that every moment on earth buids up to our return to God our Heavenly Father.
How then should you live so as to spend most of your time on earth preparing for heaven?
Spend it making Christ known and loved. Live as Christ lived and love what he loves. He is God but he lived in humility. The struggle for power, pleasure and possession means we have lost sight of our journey through life. Be comfortable with giving your best to your work and serving others as best as you can. I met a young man today who gives his best to his work to the degree that I mistook him for the owner of the company where he works. Secondly, do what you want to do tomorrow, today. For all you know today is all you have. Read the scriptures, love your spouse, speak with your child, pray for your deceased relatives, call that friend, apologise to your neighbour. Seek peace with everyone and you would have done what Christ would do and be joyful all the time, whether in life or in death.
Lord give me joy and a thirst for You. Let my soul brim over with peace from serving You.
Philippians 1:18-26; Psalm 42:2-3,5; Luke 14:1,7-11
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