WHERE YOU GO HEREAFTER DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU GO AFTER HERE!!
Each decision has its consequences - that is, the things that follow as a natural result or logical conclusion. That's the technical description of it, at least. In layman terms whatever we do will bring about either positive or negative results and followups. We must all sit down at the banquet of consequence, or in the Biblical phrase from Galatians 6:7 - "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." (Underline added by me.)
Jesus, on a number of occasions, warned people that what they seek now will determine their future;
- The pursuit of personal pleasure tends to end in a kind of frustrated lack of satisfaction.
- The pursuit of personal wealth is a kind of endless wheel that spins on and on, until it controls us.
- The pursuit of persona; glory in sport, leadership, ministry even, or some other human endeavour, is usually short-lived and where do we go then?
John Wesley recognised that worldliness was an insidious master. "Whatever cools my affection for Christ, is of this world." Amen to that!!!
If we value the heaven God offers us, we will go after it. If we value other things more, we will ignore, or down-grade what God offers - and then we will end up missing it - forever!
What a horrifying thought!
We so easily get caught up in here and now, when You call us to think on all that is to come. You have told us that what we can see is only temporary. Father, we need Your help to see this great difference and to expend our energy, thought, and time thinking on Your revelation about the hereafter. Lord, may we prepare for it with full-hearted awareness of all that is offered through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.