With End in View

In a recent post I mentioned about my habit of reading the last chapter of the book first. I started on anther book today and without being conscious of it, that is exactly what I did. Then I remembered! 🙂

The habit itself started when we were kids. As soon as our parents got the weekly magazine  Malayala Manorama we would grab it and go to the very last page to read “Bobbin & Molly” cartoon which was loved by both adults and children. Then as we got older, we would move backward to find other comic strips and jokes etc. in it.

As I thought about it, I am reminded again the value of what we all have heard and thought about many times over: “Live with the end in view.” It is indeed helpful to renew our minds and allow God to transform our living patterns if we think about what’s it going to be when the living on this side of heaven is over.

Apostle Paul, after expounding who Christ our Lord really is, and what we have in him write these words:

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Col 3:1–4).

And then he gives the implication of this kind of living with the “end in view”: Therefore, put to death… (v.5ff). Everyday provides us one or another reminders that we are not going to live here “forever after!” The beckoning call will come: “Okay, it’s time, let’s go!”
I suppose that we can live like the authors start writing the books, with the end in view. That will determine what we will write in between.
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