Preoccupied with the Present

Many Christians seem preoccupied with the “present,” and appear to give little thought to “forever.” If this is a correct assessment, it doesn’t make sense! We live here for a very short time; we live in Heaven or Hell, eternally! Why would we major on the short haul and neglect that which never ends? We do have responsibilities, opportunities, relationships, pleasures and cares, here and now. However, these are fleeting alongside that which will always be. Suppose we were given a beautiful home, a good job, great health, bountiful wealth, etc. To enjoy these, we would have to move far from here. There is a problem: we are so “bogged down” in our present location that we fail to get ready to move. We keep meaning to get ready but are so busy that we never get around to it. We reach a point in life, where we are unable to take advantage of what was offered to us and we are left stuck in a desolate future. On the human level, this is sad; spiritually, it’s fatal! We were never meant to experience eternal loss; we were meant to focus on getting ready for Heaven. The wise child of God, while moving through life, will minor on the present and major on moving toward his or her lasting rewards and opportunities. II Peter 1:5-8;10-11 explains how we are to prepare: “….giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ….wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” “I must not make this world my home, for it shall soon be left behind; and when the parting day has come, what sort of future will I find? I will not sell my soul for dross, for fleeting honors I’ll not strain, though all the world shall be my loss, I’ve all of heaven as my gain. I’ll set my sails for Heaven’s shore, and flee from every earthly snare, so when this changeful life is o’er, I’ll find a “welcome home” up there!” (From, I Must Not Make This World My Home, by Joel A. Erickson). Selah! “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” (Matthew 6:19-20).                  Ron

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