I got a card in the mail yesterday saying my driver’s license had expired on my birthday. Doh! This is the third time I have forgotten to renew it, and the second time was quite memorable, as I had waited so long I needed to take the written and driving tests over again! I was thinking about why it is I cannot seem to ever remember to renew my license. One reason could be how busy I am, but that can hardly account for why I forgot when I was 25 and only had two kids. Or, it could be that I just don’t use my driver’s license very often; I only buy wine every few months for cooking, I get money with a debit card out of my bank’s ATM, and we don’t ever write checks anymore. The most intriguing reason, however, is that four years seems so far away, too distant in the future for me to make any kind of preparation for the event of needing my driver’s license renewed. So I promptly forget for the next three years and six months. If something only four years away I can put out of my mind so easily, how much more difficult is it for me, then, to try to have eternity in mind as I go about my life? After all, this life is just a single point on an infinite line of God’s plan, but it is easy to get caught up in Today, Now, This, that I miss the big picture almost daily. I hope I can improve on that, because I am pretty sure there won’t be a card in the mail warning me that my life is about over, and I need to be getting ready for the next.
For I have often told you, and now say again with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction; their god is their stomach; their glory is in their shame. They are focused on earthly things, but our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject everything to Himself. Philippians 3:18-21