Eternity Changes Everything
All Christians go to heaven. But some leap and stride into paradise from their deathbeds — peaceful, confident, and happy. Others limp and shuffle — clinging, denying, and frightened. Why the difference?
In my experience, it’s what they know (or don’t know) about what’s coming next. Jesus has guaranteed his people a glorious future. But have they fully grasped what he has fully secured? Those who haven’t will likely die clinging to a broken present rather than a perfect future. An unsavored heaven may seem second-best even to ragged breathing in a hospital bed. Dying well requires a passion for the life of heaven.
Settling and Seizing
And the same is true for living well. A tasted, treasured, future new creation is a God-ordained means of God-pleasing living. By breeding in God’s people a restless patience, love for God’s future saves us from the pitfalls of settling or seizing.