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Now And Later

More than 35 years ago, my family moved into a new house—a place we called home until recently when my mother sold it.

Pleasant memories of the home where we grew up made it hard to part with. But one thing Mother told me makes it easier. She said that when the family first moved into the brick house Dad was so fond of, he told her, “This is my last move. My next move is up.”

As usual, Dad was right. When he died in the bedroom of that same house, he immediately moved to a far greater place Jesus had been preparing for him in heaven (Jn. 14:2).

As kids, we never imagined the day when Dad would be gone and the house would be sold. But the brevity of life becomes more apparent as each year passes. And the importance of what we build or accumulate here takes on less and less significance.

Our perspective should be like my dad’s. He had his ultimate destination in mind. Although we can enjoy the blessings God has given us, we need to keep an eye on the final goal—spending eternity with our Savior.

If we keep our eternal goal in mind, we can say with the apostle Paul, “To live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). It’s a creed we can live with both now and later.

Fill up each hour with what will last,
Buy up the moments as they go;
The life above, when this is past,
Is the ripe fruit of life below. —Bonar

To make the most of today, keep eternity in mind.