“I guess I’m on my way to Heaven,” a friend told me this today by phone after he received news about his health and asked what should he do now? The first thing to strike me was the news, the second was he did not say, “I am dying,” But….” I’m on my way to Heaven!”
He asked me what he should do in the meantime, I said, “Keep Loving God and others.” He spoke about the seriousness of his diagnosis and reminded of a friend who recently went to be with the LORD Jesus, how beforehand he had shared how upon finding out he had little time left on this earth before going to be with Jesus, he did not care what people thought of him, he just shared the Gospel.
Now in light of the news this morning… he was faced with similar news, yet his prayer was not for healing but His prayer request was for his wife…how like the LORD Jesus, …others first! Even on the cross He prayed for – OTHERS- “Father forgive them they don’t know what they are doing.” He prayed that Mary would be taken care of- OTHERS FIRST. He was on the cross to satisfy the demands of His FATHER and for you and me our sin- OTHERS FIRST! And this dear man, his prayer request was not for physical healing but the LORD would meet his wife at this difficult time- Like His Lord, -OTHERS FIRST!
“A HUNDRED YEAR VISION!”
If you knew how long you had left, what difference would it make to you? I shared with this dear man about the “100 year” vision a few friends and I speak about. What it refers to in 100 years would you make the same decisions you are making now, or would you make different ones, in light of the effect they would have in eternal maters. Too many of us live as though we live here forever, and life is all about the here and now, as though there is no day coming when we will depart this world.
The Bible speaks of followers of Christ as, “aliens and strangers” whose “citizenship is in Heaven” who are to “set/fix their affections on things above ,”
Do you live as an Alien and stranger in this world?
Do you make your decisions based in light of eternity?
Do you fix your affections on things above?
Do you live as a “citizenship of Heaven”?
“IN CHRIST” you and me are both on our way to Heaven, one man realized it and became bolder in his sharing the Gospel, and is now in eternity. My friend today knows he is on his way and as he said “wants to take as many with him as he can…” he has an eternal perspective- this is what a “100 year vision” is…it is to live life in light of eternity, and make decisions based on eternity !
PRAYER TO GOD;
Ask God to awaken you if you are not so, to the eternal reality -you will die…you do not know the hour He does. Are you living as though one day perhaps you too will receive the news you are on your way to Heaven and may not have as much times as you think…time to consider your life, pursuits, purposes, agendas… and how many are of eternal worth in a 100 years from now?