|Most of us have used the old adage “Watch where you’re going” with the intention of helping someone avoid falling or tripping or otherwise hurting or embarrassing themselves. We would do well to make a spiritual application of this adage as well, and the Bible, in different words, admonishes us to do just that.
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
Add to these the verses in Psalm 121 which tell us to lift our eyes to where our help comes from. Also, Colossians 3 says to set our minds on things above. In these passages, we can see that the Bible is constantly telling us to watch where we’re going as we live in this messed up and broken world. For we are going to a city whose builder and maker is God.
We, as Christians, have the answer to one of life’s big questions – is this life all there is? The answer is clearly “no”, but an even greater answer is that the best is yet to come. Where we are going Jesus described in John 14 as the Father’s house in which are many mansions. Revelation 20 tells us this city is one of pure gold with gates of single pearls and foundations of precious stones. This is incredible information about the construct of where we are going, allowing our minds’ eyes to formulate pictures of such a place.
We also need to remember that where we are going is a place where we will be different. We will and must be changed to inhabit the eternal city whose builder and maker is God.
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
Paul describes these new bodies as immortal and incorruptible in 1 Corinthians 15, and he also gives us a very important detail about our transition to where we are going:
1 Corinthians 15:51-52
Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
Anyone who has more of life behind them than ahead of them looks forward to this “body upgrade” with great anticipation. An instantaneous change from mortal to immortal, from an aging body to one that never ages. These marvelous changes are something to look forward to and another reason to watch where you’re going – otherwise known as keeping our eyes on the prize.
Yet even with the amazing construction materials God uses in building this city, even with the incredible new bodies that await us, we still need to remember that where we are going is unlike this life in many other ways.
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
We are currently living in a very painful season of human history: wars and rumors of war abound, good is called evil and evil good, the moral character of mankind has degraded significantly, divorce is brutalizing marriages, babies are aborted in the womb, cancer and disease are ravaging the bodies of many. God is belittled and disparaged, as are His people. It seems as though things could not get any worse.
So what do we do in times such as these? Watch where you’re going, keep looking up, and wake up each day with this on your mind:
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
The way to handle the pains and problems of this present age is by remembering our blessed hope. The hope that stems from Jesus’ promise to come again and receive us unto Himself so that where He is we may be also could be fulfilled today.
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus