To make the best of my life, I have to realizes that:
1. Compared with eternity, life is brief
2. I won’t be here for too long, even if I live to 120 years, so I can’t afford to get too attached.
My identity is in eternity, and my homeland is heaven. I love ‘The Message’ translation of the bible because it reads like a novel. James 4:4 “You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way.” Ambassadors are representatives of a foreign country… II Corinthians 5:20 says, “So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” I’m here on an assignment, it’s my due diligence to try my best to fulfill it. I Peter 2:11 implores us, ” “Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul.” It’s simple logic, the more you get attached to something, the greater loss you feel when it’s lost.”
“Church rat!” It’s no surprise Christians appear to suffer more, more rejections, unanswered prayers, etc. When I was 12, I went through my stage of questioning God. One of the things I pondered on was, “why don’t Christians have enough money, clothes, deodorants (because many people smelled to me in church), good usage of grammar, etc?” Yes, they’re prime and proper Christians, highly educated, or very rich Christians (honestly, I wanted to be one of the very rich, but as I read this book, my eyes are opening to other things). Rick explains that, “in order to keep us from becoming too attached to earth, God allows us to feel a significant amount of dissatisfactions – He doesn’t want those longings to all be fulfilled on earth, then we become lackadaisical in the pursuit of the things of the Lord.
Jesus, the king of parables, and the king of all kings said in Mathew 19:24, “AGAIN, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” This chapter is a little hard for me because I desired to be comfortable enough to satisfy my high taste in certain things, but I have to learn to be content with what God sees fit to bless me with.
It’s a deadly mistake to think that God’s purpose for our life is material prosperity, or popular success. I always thought that all I had to be was faithful to God, and he will bless me with all my desires, but boy, was I wrong! The following people were faithful (I know God is the ultimate judge, let’s not get too critical either). Yet, [great] calamities fell upon them
- JOB: lost EVERYTHING.
- PAUL: ended up in prison
- JOHN THE BAPTIST: was beheaded
- RICK WARREN (author of this book): son committed suicide
- THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS: killed by ISIS or Boko Haram
- MY AUNTY: yet she got breast cancer at a young age…
The list goes on…
My time on earth is not the complete story of my life. I have to live faithfully, so that in heaven I get to see what God has for me. When life gets so tough, when you lose your parents, your children, your jobs, your savings, everything – in moments like that you may want to give up. “Curse God and take your life,” but hold on! This is an encouragement to you and to myself – You are not home yet!
Food for thought: How should the fact that my life on earth is just a temporary assignment change the way I am living now?