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Setting “Now” Goals for the Afterlife

Matthew 6:20 says:

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

It is strange, but so far this year I have had two people I know pass away unexpectedly, and in the most surprising ways. I was already thinking about this verse from Matthew beforehand, however, the tragedy of death has made it all the more real. Today I am not just thinking about the goals I’m setting for this month, year, or even this life at all. I am thinking about the goals I’m setting for the afterlife. For when I am with Him, Jesus.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never thought about setting goals that don’t give immediate satisfaction in the present. Goals that I cannot impact or see the results of in this lifetime. It seems as though I only set goals for things I think I can control and ultimately see the benefit from. 

For instance, interested in losing weight? Easy. Let’s set a goal of losing 10 pounds this year, track it, measure it, and see the result at the end. But what about setting and tracking goals in the Spiritual realm? If we do believe in eternity, the Spiritual realm where God exists and where ultimately one day, we will too, shouldn’t some of our goals have an eternal perspective?

If so, how do we measure that? How do we know if we were successful? I hate to break it to you, but I don’t have the best answer. In fact, I suspect that this is one of the reasons why we don’t do it as people. However, I think we should. More importantly, I think we need to and we are capable in digging deeper into the Bible to find out how.

I have decided that one of my goals for this year should not have a expiration date. It should have perspective that is beyond my life and beyond who I am today. One day, in the afterlife, I will see the fruit of it. I just won’t see it now in this life while I’m trying to deliver against it.

The Bible says we should store up for our “treasures in Heaven, where moths cannot destroy them and thieves cannot steal them,” and this seems like a great place to start. Will you join me in setting goals for the afterlife too?