Earth is not our final resting place. We are just passing through. How do I know this? First, I can feel it. No, not in a special power kind of way, but in a “there’s got to be more” kind of way. I am guessing you have felt the same. In fact, I guarantee it. No matter what your beliefs are, you have this sense of immortality. All religions have a doctrine of the afterlife. Why is this? Is this just chance? No. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has put eternity in man’s heart.”
We feel eternal, because we are eternal.
Not only do I feel eternal, but God tells me that am eternal in the Bible. This reality is almost on every page of God’s Book. It is the backdrop of history. The implications of this are immense. If we are only on this Earth for, on average, 78 years, but we are destined for 78 billion years and more in eternity, a reasonable person would be focused on eternity, not the moment.
Randy Alcorn in his book The Treasure Principle uses a great illustration for this. If you were on vacation it would be foolish to spend all your time and energy filling your hotel room with the best furniture, when you will soon leave it all and return home. This is exactly what we do when we invest all of our time, energy and money building mini-kingdoms on this Earth. Some day all of our stuff will be left behind and we will continue on, either in Heaven or in Hell.
Do you believe you are eternal?
I think this is the key. Many people proclaim Christianity. Even in this day when more and more people are letting go of their religious heritage, and clinging to the World, there are still people who attend Church semi-regularly and call themselves Christians. Having said that, does their life match what is implied in their statement? Do they live in such a way as to prove their claimed belief that they are merely a sojourner, just passing through? Or are the living like this present Earth is their Heaven?
I confess, at times I struggle with this. My flesh (natural sinfulness) causes me to dwell on the temporal. I daydream about business ventures, golfing, and the perfect home, and neglect to spend time with the Lord, share Christ with a stranger, and invest in the souls of my wife and children. It is a constant battle, and I have found only one way to win the war, God’s Word.
The Bible reminds us of our destiny.
God is abundantly good to us. He knows our sin, and He gives us His word to do battle against our flesh. His Word resets our priorities and sets us on a path of deep and lasting joy.