I read a snippet of an article this week which caught my attention. Desiring to share it on my blog I searched for the name of the author who wrote the piece but it was no where to be found. So, with that information, that the following analogy is not from me, I share the following: “Imagine planning the trip of a lifetime. You board the flight to proceed to your destination. You are filled with excitement until you hear the following announcement. ‘Ladies and gentlemen, we hope you are enjoying your flight. We have no destination; therefore, we will fly until we run out of fuel and plunge into the ocean.'” The writer of this article went on to imagine how one would feel being caught in such a situation, comparing it to how we all live life. We all need to know our life’s destination; not just for our numbered days on earth, but most importantly for eternity. That was the point that the writer of the above was emphasizing.
It really made me think about those I care about who still have made no decision to invite Jesus Christ into their lives. It’s like attempting to pilot a plane when you’ve had no flight training whatsoever. You will surely crash land. It will be catastrophic. Such a destiny awaits those who have no spiritual flight plan on earth. Surely there is more to life than the here and now. Surely there is something that will take us into eternity.
Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15:19, “If our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.” While it’s so true that knowing Jesus in a personal relationship affords us daily access to His guidance, peace and joy no matter what comes to us, it’s also wonderfully true that there is a life beyond that is literally out of this world!
John wrote in Revelation 21:1 & 5, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the One sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!” John goes on to tell us that when we get to heaven there will be no more tears and no more death. Isn’t that amazing?
Life on earth today, with our family and friends, can be so good but it’s only temporary. If all we can count on is some hopeful days while we are alive now, then what is there to look forward to? Nothing at all. But if we are living today with the very Spirit of God residing in us, which comes to anyone who believes that Jesus died for them, will forgive them of everything, and make them a new person, then we have that glorious hope that when we breathe our last breath on earth, we inhale our first breath in heaven which will know no end. It is eternal.
If I am the pilot of my life, there is no good end in sight; but if Jesus is both the navigator and the pilot, I have nothing to fear and everything wonderful to anticipate.
“For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son to die for us, so that all who believe in Him, should not die without hope, but should live with Him for eternity.” John 3:16