We may enjoy vacations: summer, semestral breaks, holidays, Christmas, but these events are temporary. We may enjoy success: graduation at school, landing a good paying job, promotion to higher job position, getting married, business prosperity, good economy, but these things are still temporary and we are not sure when will they last. Just check the latest trends from the last decade…are they the same trends nowadays? How about checking the latest trends in gadgets last year comparing this year? It seems everything is temporary and everyone is looking for something new. Try comparing Nokia, Apple and Samsung. How about social networking sites? Where is Friendster now? The previously leading social networking site with over a million subscribers over the world and now it’s gone. I just heard that Facebook is losing some of its subscribers to the new ones. I’m not saying that they can’t go up again, but what I’m saying is that staying on top is not permanent. That’s just life at its meaning. There’s life reborn and there’s death at its end. No worldly power or wealth holds forever.
Life is simple yet hard. Some make it complex and some make it easy. Sometimes we’re up and sometimes we’re down. But what matters most is that we’re learning in every step of our way. The problem occurs when we stop learning. We stop building up our character. We want instant gratification and don’t want to move on once we are settled. When we kinda like the things we want, oftentimes we don’t accept changes. Once we think we reached the peak or the pinnacle of life, we tend to stop entertaining things that will improve our lives. Same goes with the religious leaders in Jesus’ time that they think that their time of ruling the Jewish religious system is the best part in history that they don’t want anyone to mess around and destroy what they built upon. That’s why they ignored the call of John the Baptist, the Messiah’s forerunner and that’s why they wanted to kill Jesus. They just want to be the ones who are ruling and staying on top. But that’s not God’s way and yet, until today. We still need to discern and continue on our journey with Him wherever He leads us.
What God wanted for His people is to make a difference. Having this goal in mind, He desire us to grow in our character and to be like His Son, Jesus Christ. When Jesus commissioned His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, what He means is to make a difference in the lives of the people to live in obedience according to His Word and principles. That’s what He did in His earthly ministry. But there’s a trick on this one. A lot of self-help books would say the same thing: make a difference. The Bible says about making a difference that will last…in eternity. Not temporarily, but forever and ever. This is what we’re hoping for. People’s lives change for Christ and seeing them resurrect from their past life and having that hope of being with them in heaven. Heaven is somehow the least destinations being discussed nowadays and we somehow missed it and replaced it with temporary wonderful islands or resorts to visit for vacation. But Heaven is the eternal vacation spot we must not miss; the ultimate success. There’s no suffering there at all. And oh, getting there is free.
“And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11, NIV)