The world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever (1 John 2:17 NRSV).

There is a reality of life everyone comes to accept at a particular stage in life: that death is real and inevitable. Most times we dont want to hear it, some other times we pray not to experience it or to live longer on earth. Some people even rebuke those who say to them, You will die. But this is the reality of lifethat all will die someday, individually or in groupsuntil the Rapture takes place. 

What is really the essence of life? That question might be resonating in your mind. Is it just to eat and make merry as one grows from conception to old age, dies and be buried? Every human being is expected to ponder over these questions. There is a purpose for life. It is to live in communion with God as we walk towards the exit door to life on earth – deathand at the same time gain entrance to life eternal. 

Our conception admits us into life on earth and our death admits us into life eternal. The purpose of life on earth comprises learning the good values of life and practising them before moving on to obtain the crown of life in Gods kingdom. It is like a school: you are admitted to learn the good values and to exhibit them. You are not awarded credits for learning the values alone but also for practising or living them. 

What are these good values? These values are the Holy Spirit-inspired fruit of the born-again spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These virtues reveal us as Christians, heavenly beings. They demonstrate holiness and godliness. Living these virtues means we are living a fulfilled, godly life. Yes, life can only be meaningful when we are godly in our actions to man and maintain communion with God. 

These virtues are expected to guide and propel our daily course. But today, many of us substitute hate for love, arrogance and pride for gentleness, greed for generosity, lack of contentment and promiscuity for self-control, infidelity for faithfulness, selfishness for kindness, and trouble for peace. A quick examination of the conscience will reveal how far many of us are from fulfilling our lifes purpose and how far we have distanced ourselves from the path of Life. 

Over the years and across the communities of the world, many have preferred this life which is inimical to our calling to live a godly life. Their minds and desires repel every message that calls them to a life of love, mercy, compassion, justice, contentment, humility, repentance and holiness. They even detest the heralds of these godly values. Their ears and minds are deadened to a life of holiness, as the Scripture opines:

To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep” (Luke 7:31-32 NRSV).

Their minds are fixed on earthly gains and many of them have lost sight of eternity, as affirmed by Father George Ehusani: 

People have lost sight of eternity; that is why they settle for this world.

They are not moved by the call to live a life of love and holiness. They enjoy a life that is completely contrary to their lifes purpose. They make decisions and take actions without the heavenly home in view. They live like immortals on earth without a conscious preparation for life after death. They treasure and trust in the fleeting things of this world more than the glorious riches of Heaven. Hence, St. Paul warns us:

Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away (see 1 Corinthians 7:31).

In truth, the world is passing away as we see the greatest and the smallest, the richest and the poorest, the powerful and the powerless succumbing to death. A vivid example is one of the icons of Cubas Revolution, Fidel Castro, who will not easily be forgotten by many even in generations to come. He died at age 90. He was a man who many considered as lord in his own domain and he influenced many other leaders in the world. His death brought mixed feelings to Cubans and non-Cubans  joy and sadness. For many he was a dictator, and to others a leader. He left a memory of goodness and tyranny in the minds of the Cubans and indeed in the fabric of the land he governed or ruled for over five decades. 

A few days after his death, I saw a headline that affirms that ‘vanity of vanity, all is vanity. The world is passing awayor let me put it differently: this world is not our home. The headline read: Fidel Castros ashes start journey across Cuba. This man who many in the world adored and dreaded, this was a man who brought pain and joy to many Cubans, was now in the form of ashes that could be blown away by the wind, with no trace of his existence. This avers the message of St. John in his first letter:

The world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever (1 John 2:17 NRSV).

There are many great men and women in past generations who either inflicted pains on humanity or brought hope, succour and peace to mankind, but they are all gone. Yes, earth is not a permanent home for any living thing. We are all in transit, sojourners on earth, seeking an eternal home in heaven or hell. Thus, beloved brothers and sisters,

Consider the shortness of time, the length of eternity, and reflect how everything here below comes to an end and passes by. Of what use is it to lean upon that which cannot give support?  

– St. Gerard Majella

We heard of the great wonders of the world; today they are all gone. Even the mansions and ecosystems of the world we see today are all eroding away. A generation surfaces and then fades quietly, only leaving the coming generations with good or bad memories of their deeds. 

Therefore, When we hear people talk of riches, honours and amusements of the world, let us remember that all things have an end, and let us then say: My God, I wish for Thee alone and nothing more.

St. Alphonsus Liguori

Conclusively, as we go to bed and wake up daily, as we make and take decisions daily, we must not be oblivious of the fact that we are pilgrims on earth and that the heavens await our arrival to the wedding feast of the Lamb. Yes, the Lamb that was slain for our redemption, who died, is risen and has ascended to Gods right hand to prepare for our arrival. In our Fathers kingdom, there are many mansions to accommodate all who are willing to honour His invitation to His wedding feast with a life of love and holiness. 

Can you boldly say you are well prepared for the heavenly home? If no, what are you doing today to inherit the kingdom of God?

Heavenly Father, I repent from seeking happiness in the things of the world. Fill me with Your grace to seek nothing but You and Your kingdom where true happiness reigns forever. Amen.  
Jesus Christ Speaks

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35 NRSV).


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I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. (John 13:34 NRSV) Home Everyone yearns for love and everyone deserves to be loved. Love is an inherent feature of every human being since we are created in the image and likeness of God who is the quintessence of Love itself. Love is the soul of our being; it is enclosed in our hearts. Love makes us human; love makes us Christians; love makes the world acknowledge that we are Christ’s followers - the redeemed children of God. It is incumbent on us to reawaken this consciousness and expression of genuine love in a world overflooded with egocentric minds.
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