Alton Howard tells about the tombstone that read, "Dear friend, today as you pass by, as you are now, so once was I. As I am now so shall you be. Prepare today and follow me." The following postscript was scribbled beneath the engraved words: "To follow you I'm not content, until I know which way you went."
To wake up each morning and enjoy the activities of life is very easy. To wake up each morning and know where you are going makes a greater difference. Leaders are not just people going somewhere but people who know where they are going. As we lead our lives each day in the footsteps of Jesus we must constantly be aware of where we are going.
We can fill our lives with many things and seek after many more. Solomon sought fame and found it fleeting. He sought wisdom and knowledge and found only grief and sorrow. Whatever his eyes desired to have he did not withhold them from his heart but vanity and grasping for the wind was all he attains.
Solomon realized that life is more than gathering but rather a life that is preparing. It matters not what one gains in this life. Life can only matter if you know where you are going. Solomon concluded this same matter when he writes, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether it is good or whether it is evil." (Ecclesiastes 12:13,14)
Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die." (John 11:25,26) Do you believe this? John addresses the question in 1 John 5:13 - "These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God."
We must live with the realization of where we are going! This is not a matter of guess work or "by the skin of our teeth" kind of philosophy. With each waking moment we understand the needs of attaining the goal of the prize of the upward call of Jesus Christ. Christian's are goal-oriented people who know what the goal is and seek to measure themselves to that goal each day. Christian's are heaven bound people who know the direction they are going.
The saints of Hebrews 11 were people who saw the promises afar off and embraced them. They knew where they were going: " For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland." (v14) Faith is dependent upon our believing that God is a "rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." (v6) Moses "looked to the reward." (v26) The people of God looked beyond the frames of this life and sought for a life beyond. They knew where they were going and they marched ever firmly to that end.
From Hebrews we find the proclamation, "Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, my soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul."
Kent E. Heaton Sr....................................................
P. O. Box 265
Trenton, Florida 32693