MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2014
To me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.— Philippians 1:21
The apostle Paul wrote those words from a dungeon in Rome, facing imminent execution, and Christians through the centuries have repeated them. But not everyone will love those words. Some will think a person who says, “To live is Christ” is nuts. They’ll think, This is a guy who’s got his head in the clouds. Or maybe, This is a woman who’s so heavenly minded, she’s no earthly good.
But that is not true. Far from it! Those who think of the next world do the most for this one. My concern is for people who are so earthly minded, they’re no heavenly good!
The apostle Paul loved life. And the simple fact is, no one loves life more than the Christian. We can enjoy it because we know it comes to us from the hand of a loving God. That beautiful sunset. . . that’s the signature of my Father who happens to be the Creator of all. That wonderful meal. . . the joy of love and marriage. . . the comfort of family and friends. . . the satisfaction of a hard day’s work. All of these are beautiful gifts from the hand of our Father.
But as blessed as we may be in this life, there is more — more than what we are experiencing on this earth. All the great things we do experience in the here and now are just hints of heaven, hints of something better that will come for the man or the woman who has put faith in Jesus Christ.
C. S. Lewis made this statement: “All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been but hints of [heaven] — tantalizing glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear.”6 He went on to say, “If I find in myself a desire, which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
There is another place, another time, another life. And life on earth, be it nine years or ninety years, is a nanosecond compared to eternity. Even so, it is here on this earth where we will decide where we will spend eternity. Trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is the only key that will open the doors of heaven to us after we leave this life.