Our journey on earth is a journey to Heaven.
It is a journey into the heart of Jesus, an adventure of discovering what it means to live as if we will never die, to love as if we will never hurt.
It means to live in light of eternity, mindful that all we do matters more than it seems and every trial we face pales in comparison to the weighty eternal glory yet to be seen (Romans 8:18). In response to temptation, 1 Peter 2:11 tells us to stay away from the lusts of the flesh which fight to bring our souls into bondage to the world and the enemy instead of to heavenly pursuits.
It is a journey that lives out the truth of relationship with Jesus as the most valuable thing and pursues Him with a fervent, holy passion.
The most treasured aspect of our lives for eternity is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. No one and nothing else will fulfill us with the same wholeness, joy and love; not even our closest earthly family or friends nor our most enjoyed activities or passions.
The written Word tells us that knowing the Father and the Son is eternal life (John 17:3). In knowing that intimacy with God alone fulfills our every longing, we can pursue close companionship with Him above every other pursuit, experiencing glimpses of Heaven even while we serve as ambassadors on the earth. We are truly pilgrims from a heavenly country: No earthy thing could ever satisfy those who are not of this world.
As we abide in Christ each day, growing in love for Him and obeying His voice out of love, we are sowing to His Spirit of life both on earth and for eternity to come, laying up treasures in Heaven which will never be taken from us (Galatians 6:8-9; Matthew 6:19-21).
Just as Jesus said to Mary of Bethany as she spent time at His feet hanging on His every word: “…only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42 NASB).
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.”
Philippians 3:20-21 NKJV