Do We Live Like We’re Moving?
This past week, my wife, Abi, and I moved from our old one-bedroom apartment to our new two-bedroom apartment. And I do mean that we moved all last week! Last Monday, my dad and grandfather helped us move the heavy furniture (bed, dresser, couch, washer/dryer, etc.), and I’m thankful we got all that moved in just one (full) day! But just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, Abi and I didn’t move apartments in a day. All the rest of the week Abi and I were moving box after box of kitchen supplies, clothes, and other miscellaneous items from Tuscaloosa to Northport (about a fifteen minute drive one-way). I couldn’t tell you how many times I drove the Honda Pilot from one end of Highway 69 to the other! Each day was long and hard because we both worked really hard to move into our new apartment.
Thanks to my dad and his dad, Abi and I were able to sleep at our new apartment Monday night. But we didn’t get our last load from the old apartment until Saturday morning. (And to be honest, I haven’t unloaded that load from the Pilot yet!) As it was, we were living half in one apartment and half in another. We were already living in the new apartment, but we were not yet fully settled in. And that’s how the Christian life is: we Christians are already saved, but we have not yet experienced the consummation of our salvation. My question for all of us today, then, is this: are we living like we’re moving to heaven? Every one of us are physically dying right now. Our time is limited; our days are numbered. We Christians are in the process of moving to heaven. But are we working hard to get there? In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus puts it this way:
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Yes, we Christians are still sleeping in our old apartment, so to speak: we’re still living on this earth. But are we laying up for ourselves treasures in heaven, as Jesus says, or are we spending most of our time and effort in our lives on this earth?
Living life as if this present world is all that matters is like accumulating more junk in a one bedroom apartment that you’re moving out of in less than a week. So let’s not live like that, because if “we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Corinthians 15:19). When Paul wrote that, he was combating false teachers who claimed that the resurrection from the dead, the consummation of our salvation, had already happened. We Christians know and believe that this hasn’t happened yet, but do we live like it? Do we live like Jesus could come back at any moment to “transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21)? We should because the salvation he has saved us to is not just for this present age but even more fully for the age to come! May we honestly say with Paul: “we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies” (Romans 8:23). May we live like we’re in the process of moving to heaven, not like this present life is all we have to hope for.
“Set your minds on things that are above” because one day, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will come down from heaven just as he went up, in order to bring us into the new heavens and the new earth to be with him in glory forever. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!