Your life on Earth is extremely brief compared to the amount of time - forever! - you'll spend in the spiritual realm you can't see now. If you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you'll enter heaven after you pass away from Earth. But what will you do there for eternity?
God won't ask you to just drift on a cloud playing a harp forever. The Bible says that He has exciting, meaningful work for you to do. Every role and task you receive in heaven will be an honor given to you from God Himself. But here's the thing - God is watching you right now, to determine how faithful you are on Earth. The more faithful you are on Earth, the more rewards you'll be able to enjoy in heaven.
Here are some ways you can make choices now that will positively impact your eternal destiny:

  • Start each day by thanking God for giving you another day on Earth and asking Him to show you how He wants you to live it.
  • Keep an eternal perspective in mind in every situation. Remember that your eternal calling has already begun, and that the ways you live your life now will carry over into your life in heaven. When you don't understand a situation, ask God, who has the big picture in mind, to give you His peace about it.
  • Realize that all people have the same potential to please God, even though everyone has different abilities. Don't compare yourself to others; God won't evaluate you on the basis of how many or few talents He's given you. Instead, concentrate on using your unique talents the best you can. God is looking to see how well you invest what He has given you.
  • Be consistent as you serve God, striving to be faithful in little things as well as big things. You don't have to worry about trying to impress God with huge accomplishments that impress other people. For example, God will smile on you if you diligently change your baby's diapers day after day. If God has called you to that mundane task and you're faithful to it, God will be as pleased with you as if you had written a Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Even when no one else notices your service, God does, and He applauds you for it. Doing whatever God wants you to at a particular moment is what's most important.
  • Arrange your priorities around loving God and loving the people He has made. If you strive to do that in every situation, every aspect of your life will fall into place in ways that please God.
  • Realize that you don't have to wait until you have better circumstances in your life to be faithful to God. If you're faithful with what you have right now, God will know He can trust you enough to give you more.
  • Be careful to speak words that encourage others rather than words that hurt them.
  • Study your motives and pray for God to give you a pure heart from which to act in every situation.
  • Make the most of every opportunity to be kind to others. Be proactive by finding out how you can help people, then devise a plan to do so.
  • Be humble, and ask God to help you forgive others who have hurt you.
  • Strive to handle every situation with integrity, and fulfill the commitments you have made.
  • Persevere in your service by spending regular time in prayer with God each day and asking for fresh grace to strengthen you and keep you growing. Don't ever quit; remember that God has a prize waiting for you in heaven.

Adapted from Making Today Count for Eternity, copyright 2001 by Kent Crockett. Published by Multnomah Publishers, Sisters, Ore., www.multnomahbooks.com or www.multnomah.net/makingtodaycount, 1-800-929-0910.

Kent Crockett is the author of The 911 Handbook. A graduate of Texas A&M University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he is the senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Garden City, Kansas, and lives with his wife, Cindy, and their two children, Hannah and Scott.

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