To live and live well, to enjoy every moment, to look forward to moments ahead and especially to our eternal, immortal future awaiting us. To live fearlessly, hopefully, faithfully, and lovingly. To please our Heavenly Father, so that he can pour out his grace on us and fill us with his Spirit – the Spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and self control – the Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, knowledge, and the fear of the Lord, to delight ourselves in the fear of the Lord. This is our aim, our ambition, our quest.
To love and love well. Ah, this is life; this is God’s life; this is the God life in us. To worship the Father and the Son, to walk by the Spirit, to do unto others as we would have them do unto us – this is our calling, our inheritance, our life.
Life is hidden behind the mundane and the ordinary – work days, weekends, families and friends. If we are not careful, life can pass us by, and we will miss the purpose of our days. To redeem the time well, to not waste time, to use time to gain eternal wealth – this we must not miss. Our time here on planet earth is short, we will be gone before we know it if we are not prayerful to ascertain our calling and our purpose here. If we find our purpose then every day is filled with meaning, every hour is precious, and the moments are recognized and accounted for.
We find our life in Christ, in building up the church, in bringing pleasure to the Father, and in helping our fellow man. We are not here for ourselves. We belong to Christ, to the church, to the Father, and to one another. We are a community, an eternal community, neighbors for millions and millions of years. Never ending life, ever expanding relationships, growth in grace forever. Our finite minds can scarcely grasp the infinite life God has planned for us.
So we pray; we hope; we love, and we wait, but we work while we wait; we have but a short season to store up treasures that will last an eternity. Life doesn’t stop in heaven, but there are things that we can do here that we will not be able to do there. Helping the poor, reaching out to the lost, encouraging one another, and keeping faith with the Father through yielding to the Son – these things are for the days of earth. It is enough for us now, enough for a full life, a satisfying, God glorifying life. Heaven will wait for us to finish our work here, and there will be time enough there to relish all of the treasures that we laid up while we were here. Let us not miss our life here while waiting for our life there.
~ Brad Heilhecker