Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s not the destination that matter. It’s how you get there that counts.” Christian living is a journey. It is a process that we go through of becoming purified and made new in Jesus. For me, I do not like when Heaven is used as a reason to become a Christian. People say things like, “Well you don’t want to go to hell… so you should be a Christian so you can go to heaven.” This is still true but I think we get caught up on the destination and sometimes forget to focus on the journey.
2 Peter 1:3-11 states:
“By his divine power the Lord has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of the one who called us by his own honor and glory. Through his honor and glory he has given us his precious and wonderful promises, that you may share the divine nature and escape from the world’s immorality that sinful craving produces.
This is why you must make every effort to add moral excellence to your faith; and to moral excellence, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, endurance; and to endurance, godliness; and to godliness, affection for others; and to affection for others, love. If all these are yours and they are growing in you, they’ll keep you from becoming inactive and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Whoever lacks these things is shortsighted and blind, forgetting that they were cleansed from their past sins.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, be eager to confirm your call and election. Do this and you will never ever be lost. In this way you will receive a rich welcome into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ”
Christianity is about becoming like Jesus in our lives. It is about living out the Lord’s prayer. The journey of Christian living is about God transforming our lives into a new creations so that we bring God’s Kingdom to earth in our daily interactions with people around us. Christianity is not about getting our golden ticket into heaven and then sitting on our hands and waiting until we die. That doesn’t sound like a very fulfilled life (John 10:10).
As a Christian, heaven is our final destination. But I believe we need to live a life where heaven is the reward for the Jesus shaped life that we live here on earth. Heaven is not a goal, heaven is a reward. So, lets live to bring God’s Kingdom today.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.