Some years ago, a family member thoughtfully gave me a daily devotional book authored by Billy Graham called “Wisdom for Each Day”. The entry for February 21st, the day of his passing, seems relevant to share.
“Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2
During the Second World War, the words of General Douglas MacArthur echoed in the hearts of the people of the Philippines, “I shall return” – and he kept that promise. Jesus Christ has also promised, “I shall return” – and He, too, will keep that promise.
A continual looking forward to the eternal world Jesus will usher in is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking. We Christians look forward with anticipation to Christ’s return and spending eternity with Him.
The promise of that new world, however, does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history, you will find that the Christian who did the most for the present world were those who thought the most of the next. Only Christians who cease thinking of the next world become ineffective in this one.
“Aim at heaven,” said C.S. Lewis, “and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth, and you will get neither.” At what are you aiming?
I think everyone would agree that The Reverend Billy Graham’s aim was right and true.