In a previous post, (read it here), I wrote about the harrowing experience I had when I lost everything and was stranded with no where to go. God miraculously stepped in and restored much more than I had prior but not without teaching me a valuable lesson. One I will share with you now. You see prior to my harrowing experience, I lived in what I call “Ant World”. A place where you work non-stop, just like an ant, in order to avoid poverty and gain massive riches. God showed me through my experience that hard work was great, but I should also temper my work with appreciation. I should slow down once in a while to enjoy what I have. I should see the big picture. I should transition from my Ant World to His Heaven.
The ants are always busy. In fact the Bible has positive things to say about these amazing creatures:
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise : Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. – Proverbs 6:6-8
We know that by hard work and dedication, we can provide food plenty not just for our families, but also for our villages. But is that all there is to life? To rise and shine, because another day calls for another dollar? To retire to bed early for tomorrow we return to do our hamster on a wheel thing? To stay busy yet not able to point out one or two achievements of eternal importance? I am in no way devaluing hard work. Even the scripture above is clear that through hard work, provision is made. I am only asking, is Ant world all there is to life? Do we miss the eternal simply because we are so engrossed in the temporal? Do we see the big picture or stay focused in the seeming urgency of now? There is a better way to live.
Your goal should be that you and yours live in Heaven. Heaven is not just something or somewhere we attain after death, Heaven can be experienced here right now, in this life, as well as in that to come. Heaven is a family that prays and stays together. A family that loves one other. Heaven is righteousness, peace, and Joy in the Holy Spirit. Heaven is contentment, appreciation and good will. Heaven is having the things we need and needing the things we have. Heaven is doing hard and fulfilling work on earth that provides. Heaven is making a difference in the lives of others and in that, extolling the King. Heaven is salvation, eternal life and eternal fellowship with the one who made us and died that we may may live in a perpetual state of … Heaven. Choose to live in Heaven today will you?