A recent 20/20 program focused on the concept of heaven and what various religions believe about it. Barbara Walters made the comment to a Christian leader – “If indeed we do believe that our purpose is not life on earth, but to go to heaven, why struggle against death?” Why indeed?! Of all people, we Christians have so much to look forward to. It is the hope of eternal life that transforms this life; that hope that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life (2 Cor 5:4). Yes, outwardly, our bodies are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day (2 Cor. 4:16). I need to remind myself that every ache and pain, every bout of cold or flu, can be a beautiful reminder of the wonderful gift God has waiting for me in heaven, when death is swallowed up by life. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

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