“I am here on earth for just a little while.” Psalms 119:19 (TEV)
In the Bible, life is described as a mist, a fast runner, a breath, and a wisp of smoke. So, how do you make the best use of your life? Never forget two truths:
- Life is very brief, compared with eternity
- Earth is our temporary home
Let me give you a few examples.
In the U.S., a lot of people have what we call “a green card,” which allows people to live and work in the United States, but continue to keep their citizenship from their own country.
Now let’s look at this from God’s point of view, spiritually. While on earth, we have “a green card,” which allows us to work and care for what God has created on earth, until we return to our own country, heaven.
I like fishing, so let me give you another example.
When you catch a fish, it’s first response when you take it out of the water is to flop around, and try to get back into the water, because it doesn’t feel comfortable out of the water. We are like fish. While on earth, we will flop around trying to get back into the water/heaven.
Here’s a story of a missionary who came home on the same boat with the president. However, as the crowds were cheering, the military band was playing, and the red carpet was rolled out to welcome the president home, the missionary slipped off the back of the boat unnoticed, yet complaining, feeling self-pity and resentment as he, but here’s what God whispered to the missionary, “but my child, you’re not home yet.”
When life gets tough, friends let you down, family seems to misuse and abuse you, co-workers hate you, church members talk about, and the world wishes to kill you, just remember, “you’re not home yet!”
At death you won’t leave home, you go home!
2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV) says, “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Book: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren