Driven by Eternity DAY 23
LIVING TO WIN
You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So, I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.
(1 Corinthians 9:24–27 NLT)
Our faith in Jesus determines where we spend eternity, but our faithfulness to His Word determines how we spend eternity (John Bevere).
I’ve always wondered if we will know how to live in heaven then if we don’t learn how to live in heaven now. I mean, that’s really the objective as I listen to the words and prayer of Jesus. “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” And then Jesus said that what we bind on earth will be bound in heaven. Our great opportunity and our great objective are to live in heaven now and then. I’m of the persuasion that we will continue to grow in wisdom, understanding, and stature in heaven. Why would there be a tree in the center of the city of God with healing in its leaves if there was no hope of change even in heaven? However, it does seem likely that faith determines where we spend eternity and faithfulness determines how that eternity will start.