There is no finality to the Christian LIfe this side of eternity. Leonard Ravenhill

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Where Are You Going?

"...please which way ought I to go from here?"

"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.

"I don't much care where," said Alice.

"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.

" -so long as I get SOMEWHERE," Alice added as an explanation.

"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

Life is a peculiar thing. Many of us pass through it without even realizing it. We work, we eat, we sleep, but we never get around to actually living. It seems we are always laboring for something more than the simple things of life. We work for extravagant vacations, bigger houses, nicer cars, and everything else that the rest of the world has. We live for the transient forgetting that some things are eternal. Too many of us are like Alice, aimlessly wandering trying to get somewhere, but really nowhere in particular.

 We dwell in a culture that is thoroughly infatuated with stuff. Most of the goals or visions that people have for their lives center around the material. While there is nothing wrong with having earthly possessions (we all own things) these should never be the focal point of our existence. The first of the Ten Commandments instructs us to have no other gods, other than the Lord. God is to be first in our life. I think the saints who wrote the Westminster catechism had it right when they began with, "The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." In essence they were saying your purpose in life as a man or woman created by God, is to bring Him glory, honor and praise in all that you do, and in this sort of lifestyle you will find peace, joy and satisfaction, that begins now and continues for all of eternity.

As Christians we need to be heading somewhere, or rather we need to be chasing after Someone. Christ should be our goal in life. We have no right to wander, we must live with our eyes set on the prize. The Apostle Paul explained his goals in Philippians 3, " Not that  I have already attained or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers,  I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

We do not have much time. Life even at its longest is very short. We have no time to waste. Treat this life as you would a precious jewel, because it is worth more than the finest of diamonds. Jonathan Edwards once said, "Time is very short, which is another thing that makes it very precious. The scarcity of any commodity occasions men to set a higher value upon it, especially if it be necessary and they cannot do without it... Time is so short and the work that we have to do in it is so great, that we have none of it to spare. The work which we have to do to prepare for eternity, must be done in time, or it can never be done; and it is found to be a work of great difficulty and labor, and therefore that for which time is the more requisite."

So where are you going? What are you living for? Don't just walk through life and not know where you are going.