I has having coffee with a friend the other day and the subject of eternity came up. We were talking about how the Bible describes some of the things Christians will be doing in Heaven, like working and overseeing people and projects, etc. I had heard those concepts a couple times recently and it is fascinating to think about that and how that differs from the myths and stereotypes we have about Heaven, specifically those that imply that all we’ll be doing is floating around with wings and playing our harps, right?
Other images or assumptions that I’ve come across are those that imply that all we’ll be doing is laying prostrate in front of God and worshiping Him forever. So this new information of actually having lives with things to do and people to see and places to go is a new paradigm for me. It ties in with the belief and statement I’ve also heard which is that this life is just a dress rehearsal for eternity. In other words, what we are doing now is potentially preparing us for some of the things that we’ll be doing in Heaven.
He made a comment that has stuck with me. He mentioned an old quote that has been used to describe Christians at times. The saying is, “He is so heavenly-minded that he’s no earthly good.” Which is to say, I think, that Christian’s can be so wrapped up in the future that they we aren’t appreciating what’s happening now in the present. My friend said that he feels that the exact opposite of that is more in line with the truth, which is “We are no earthly good until we are Heavenly-minded.” In other words, until we recognize that we are eternal beings and that what we are doing has eternal ramifications, we aren’t going to be focused on the RIGHT things during our time here on Earth.
To try to capture this mindset, I’ve created an acronym with L.I.F.E.R., which is:
- Immediately (now)
Having a mindset like this reframes everything, at least for me. It truly brings new meaning to the phrase, “Don’t sweat the small stuff. And it’s all small stuff.”
There is only one question–one issue–that matters for eternity, and that is “What have you decided about the person, the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ?” There is no other issue that matters, because your answer to that question alone will determine what your eternity looks like. It will either be an eternity with God or an eternity without Him. An eternity with riches and blessings and abundance and no more sickness or death. Or an eternity alone, with nothing. And being alone, without Him, ain’t going to be a picnic. Imagine being alone, in complete and total darkness–so dark that you can’t see your hand in front of your face. Just an empty void, with sensory deprivation. That’s what I believe is a partial description of life without God.
So, what does a L.I.F.E.R. do?
- Strive to live each day in a way that brings glory to God;
- Strive to live each day in a way that points others to God and His Son, Jesus Christ, so that they can be reconciled to Him and become L.I.F.E.R.s as well.
I’m not talking about being a “holier-than-thou, self-righteous, overbearing, in-your-face zealot” who feels qualified and called to judge everyone.
I’m talking about not getting caught up in the rat race, not worrying about winning the toy race, and not trying to keep up with the Joneses. Those are all distractions designed to take our eyes off of what matters for eternity. The only thing we will have with us after this life is our soul, our spirit. And we can decide now where and how we will live after this waystation we call life. And we can also decide who we want to try to bring with us, to live with after this waystation.
I’m going to strive to be a LIFER. I hope you’ll join me. And we’ll have the rest of eternity to hang out and talk about it.
For your advantage,
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