Its a foreign concept to our generation. We live for the day, the paycheck, the weekend, the next party, the game, sex, music, whatever. The question we should be asking as believers is, "am I living for eternity". We are truly strangers here, just camping for a little while.
This week I will participate in the funeral ceremony of a man that just died from cancer. I spent some time with him over the past few months and was one of the last two people to see him before he stepped into eternity. As I was sitting by his bedside, I felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to read Revelation 21 with him. He had a full mask on to help him breath in those last days, so we couldn't carry on a conversation. He wrote me a little note that night, but he mostly listened to me speak to him.
I didn't know Revelation 21 was his favorite passage of scripture, and I didn't know he would be stepping into eternity in a few short hours. I was literally reading about the new heaven and earth to a man that was about to take a step into that new heaven. No more sickness, no more death, and living water from the stream of life was never so near to my heart. He was about to be in that place with no temple, because Jesus is the temple. No sun, moon, or lights, because Jesus is the light and there is never darkness.
We must live as campers. Strangers. People waiting to step into eternity and living each moment as such. That causes me to ask myself, who am I loving, serving, and sharing the good news with today/this week/this month? No answer? Get on your face before God and don't get up until you are ready/willing to give, serve, and share!
If I had 30 days to live, I promise I wouldn't go sky diving, rocky mountain climbing, or bull riding! I'd be with my family and sharing Christ with everyone I could think to share with. How about you? So what's stopping us?