DailyTheocentrism: If this is your best life now, you must be bound for Hell

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The very nature of seeking “our best life” is folly here, in this world, at this time. Ecclesiastes as a book speaks toward that very concept, that if it is this world that we seek satisfaction in, then:

24 There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God.      25     For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him?      26     For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in God’s sight. This too is vanity and striving after wind. NASB                      (Eccl. 2:24-26)

This life, in this world, at this time is only to be taken away, as we see in Mark 4 and others (Matt. 13 & 25, Luke 8 and 19):

25     “For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.” NASB (Mk 4:25)

The one who has much has Christ and will receive “more” in heaven; and he who has little has all the world can offer and will lose it all in the next life.

It is not even our basic needs that we pursue first,

31     “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’      32     “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.      33     “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. NASB (Mt 6:31-34)

We are not even citizens of this world, in this life at this time – not first, not essentially:

11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.      12     Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation. NASB (1 Pe 2:11-12)

As the old Spiritual says,

This world is not my home,

I’ma just a passin’ through.

My treasures are laid up,

Somewhere beyond the blue.

The angels beckon me,

From heavens open door –

And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.

Oh, Lord you know,

I got no friend like you.

If heavens not my home,

Then, Lord, what will I do?

The angels beckon me,

From heavens open door –

And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.

So, let’s love our “best” Lord now and live in our best life “then”, now, and be the aliens and strangers that that don’t even seem to belong.