Life is a journey. Everyday is but one singular point on a route to an eternal destination. Jesus and has disciples have challenged us to see that destination and live a life intentionally to arrive there. At first thought you might believe I am speaking of heaven. Afterall, that is the ultimate eternal destination for the faithful, and this is certainly a worthy goal of its own, but I am speaking more of character of life. You see as much as our destination is to be with God in heaven our goal is to be like the Jewel of heaven. That is a destination of character and it is one that is also sought by God in our life. God the Father has been working through a planned purpose that we might be conformed to the image of His Son, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29 NKJV). God has been intentional and purposeful in His working that we might become like Jesus.
Paul made a very profound observation in his letter to Philippi, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.” (Philippians 1:21-23). Paul does talk about being in heaven with Jesus, which is a far better place than here in a sin stained world; however, take notice of what living here meant to Paul. He says, “for me to live is Christ.” He states a profound reality of both the intentional living but the destination or the goal of such living to be as Christ.
Many people talk about where they want to go when they die, but how many truly explore what they want to be while they live here on this side of eternity? Yes a doctor, a teacher a husband a wife, things like this we explore and discuss but an actual destination of character. I want to be like Jesus, I want to imitate the Father as a dear child. (Ephesians 5:1). What would happen if this became the overarching goal of our life? What if when wake up, instead of mentally entertaining the busy schedule for the day, we said a prayer, Father make me like your Son? What if we asked ourselves through out the day how can I be like Jesus in this situation? These are thoughts you certainly have heard presented in some way. Several years ago there was a fad with the WWJD bracelet. The idea was it would remind you of the question, “what would Jesus do?” However, like all fads, it disappeared from our consciousness. Why? Because it was not the destination of our life, it was a passing consideration.
What would it take to make Jesus the true destination of our life. To be able to echo Paul’s words that to “live is Christ?” It would take a commitment far greater than a passing fad, a dedication much truer than an occasional assembly with the saints. It would take a commitment greater than any and all our life endeavors. As much work and effort as training and preparing for a career, as much love and devotion as building a strong family, as much courage and boldness that we could muster to face any challenge. This is what it would mean to have our life destination be Jesus. This is a goal that I want to seek, I hope it is a goal you deem worthy to seek in your life.