“And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” – 1 John 4:14-17
There has been a shift in the mindsets of the Christians of old to today’s believers that has been quite detrimental to their measure of faith and ease of obedience. The concept of living for eternity. Not eternal life but more specifically, the mind set of living this life in a preparatory way for the next.
O sure, we all want to go to heaven but we think of it as an end to what is, rather then a beginning to what will be. We spend all our time, energy, and focus on setting ourselves up for this life rather then setting ourselves up for the one that really matters. Think about it, we have a very short time in this life and forever in the next, which one should take priority?
We spend nearly the whole of our energy preparing to enjoy a life we can’t keep while neglecting to even think about the one we will live in forever. Think of the idiocy of that. What a scam the devil has played in the minds of men.
Hebrews 11:25 and Romans 6:21 says that sin is pleasurable but for a season but after that death, the word “death” here is synonymous with hell. After ten thousand years in the pain, anguish, loneliness, emptiness, and bitter torment of hell even a life of 100 years in sin will seem like such a short season and you will forever wish you would have just believed Jesus and done right for that very short time to set yourself up for a better forever.
You see, though we are saved by grace through faith, scripture tells us repeatedly that we will be rewarded in heaven according to our works, or the choices we made and the things we did during this life. We only get this one chance to store up those treasures in heaven.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21
We put more thought into our retirement then we do our eternal home in glory. We need to change our mindsets and stop thinking of heaven as the end, some final destination finish line, and start thinking about it as “forever” and start living this short life in a way that gives yourself and others the best forever possible.
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” – Colossians 3:1-2
“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” – Matthew 16:26-27
“But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.” – Romans 2:5-11