Beyond the finish line
How often do you think about what lies beyond this life? I’m sure that as we come to the end of our lives we will tend to think about it more. I once knew a Christian man who found out that he had cancer. He started a new personal Bible study and the topic wasn’t surprising at that point. He wanted to know exactly what would happen to him after he died. That’s a good study. And it’s a good think to think about at all times in life. Consider the beginning of Colossians 3: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (v1-4). Where are our minds to be? I think it’s so easy to get completely caught up in things that need done here on earth. But we can’t forget that there’s something so much greater for us to consider.
If our hearts are going to belong to God then we can’t live just for the here and now. I think our minds need to drift to what comes next. In fact, I think they need to do more than drift. That verse in Colossians says “SET your minds on things above”. PARK your thinking on what awaits you when this life is over. And then your heart will belong to God. Jesus says: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). If all our goals and our efforts are for this life then that’s where our hearts will be. But if our goal is to prepare ourselves and others for what comes next then our heart won’t belong to this world at all. And that’s the way it should be. Then you’d be able to agree with Paul when he says: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).