The end of life on Earth is not the end of life—GOD’s hall of fame is in eternity!
It is a big mistake to assume that if we do not achieve material success and prosperity until we die and leave this world, then we haven’t made and won’t make success in eternity.
It is even a bigger mistake to assume that GOD’s goal for our lives is only material success and prosperity. Eternal life has nothing to do with a short earthly life of material abundance.
Also, our faithfulness to GOD might not guarantee material wealth and prosperity on Earth as the world defines it through the possession of flashy cars, skyscrapers, countless airplanes, etc.
Focus on permanent everlasting crowns rather than temporary short-lived earthly crowns
St. Paul was faithful especially in the latter part of his life, but he went to prison; John the Baptist lived up to spiritual expectations but was beheaded. Thousands upon thousands of faithful people have been punished and executed, but still ended their lives with nothing materially valuable to show for it—however, the end of life on Earth is not the end of life!
In GOD’s eyes, the greatest heroes of faith are not the people who achieve material and financial success on Earth
In GOD’s eyes, the greatest heroes of faith are the people who faithfully served their primary assignment on Earth in accordance with His everlasting will. The Christian Bible says this about GOD’s hall of fame and eternity’s hall of famers in Hebrews 11: 13–16:
- “All these great people died in faith. They did not get the things that GOD promised his people, but they saw them coming far in the future and were glad. They said they were like visitors and strangers on earth…they were waiting for a better country—a heavenly country. So GOD is not ashamed to be called their God, because he has prepared a city for them.”
Whatever you achieve on Earth is not the complete story of your life
The best and remaining chapters of your life will be experienced and lived in eternity! It is likely that we will not even stay up to two minutes after entering the halls of eternity before we ask: “why did we place so much importance on temporary and passing things while we were living on Earth”?
What were we thinking about? Why did we waste so much time, effort and energy on the things that weren’t meant to last? Why didn’t we see eternity in a much greater perspective?
When life gets so tough and full of challenges, or so easy and full of success, always remember that you are not yet at home
GOD forbid, but whenever we die, we won’t be leaving home; we’ll be going home!