I believe we will live our lives very differently when we become eternally minded. There is much more to living life here on earth, than just making it to heaven at the end of it. If everything I do counts, good or bad, then that affects what reward I get. What we do here on earth, is the currency for reward in heaven. What about the bad things I say and do? Does that erode at the good deeds, or nullify them?
Matthew 12:36&37 “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgement. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
We don’t know how exactly how judgement day will work. But suffice it to say, I am glad that I have been made mindful of all my deeds, even the idle, neutral ones.
The other question I often ask is: God has created me with a specific purpose, am I living out that purpose? I have the choice to answer His call or not. If I don’t respond, He will raise someone else. His purpose on earth will not remain undone, His word will not return void, it will accomplish that for which it was sent Is 55:11. But will I be a part of what God does here on earth, or will I just aimlessly live my life doing my own little thing?
Putting aside the possibility of reward in heaven, it is so much more fulfilling being part of something greater than yourself. Accomplishing more than is humanly possible, because His power flows through you. Witnessing first hand what God can do. Partnering with the Almighty God is exciting! I don’t want to miss that.
Every good thing I say or do brings life, which in turn, brings renewed life again. Every bad thing I say or do brings death. I would much rather be a catalyst of life and joy, causing a ripple effect of lives changed, renewed, invigorated. And if I have a chance to bring life, I don’t want to waste that by saying something idle or neutral. I will never have that chance again.