If you have ever scrolled through Pinterest or walked through Hobby Lobby you have seen the quote, “Life is a journey, not a destination”, or “life is all about the journey – enjoy the ride”. We hear (and even sometimes sing) the song that proposes that life “Ain’t about how fast I get there, ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side; it’s the climb.” In a manner of speaking, these quotes can be true. As we move through life, we are on a hypothetical road trip. There will be bumps in the road, pit stops, detours, and even a wreck or two. We never grow old enough to say, “I have finally arrived at where I want to be.” We are always working to be better, stronger, and higher.
However, the question yet remains: if life is all about the journey, where are we going? The world likes to embrace the wanderlust metaphor so that they can feel free as a bird, going wherever the wind may take them, seldom taking thought for what comes next. But if we live by a philosophy of “enjoying the ride”, we may end up somewhere we never intended to go.
“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.” ~Lewis Carroll
As followers of Christ, we have a different mindset. Having been transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2), we now possess a higher perspective. Our life is a journey – on the way to somewhere far better than we could ever imagine.
“This world is not my home, I’m just a-passin’ through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”
Heaven. Do we believe it? Jesus Himself tells us, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:2-3) John tells the believers, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13) We don’t need anyone or anything on earth to convince us that heaven is as real as the words we just read from Scripture.
If we believe in heaven, we can know we are going there. If we know we are going there, that’s where we find our destination, our goal, and our purpose. We can abandon the aimless living of the world because we are now filled with a clear focus: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20) God didn’t create us to live upon the earth forever; we belong to Jesus! If we are citizens of a heavenly city, that’s where we already belong, for we are only “sojourners” and “exiles” in this world (1 Peter 2:11).
Many people are uncomfortable talking about what comes after this life – some have reason to be. But if we are washed in Christ’s blood (Acts 22:16; Hebrews 9:14), we have our passports stamped and verified. We have no reason to fear death – Jesus has already overcome it! He died in order to save us from that bondage of fear the devil places on us just so we can spend eternity with Him (Hebrews 2:14-15).
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:57
Life is not just about the journey; it’s also about the destination – for the type of journey we take will ultimately determine our destination. For the Christian, it does matter what’s waiting on the other side. Life on earth is simply a camping ground, a temporary stop, until we reach our final goal. Where are you traveling? Will the path you’re taking take you to where Jesus lives?
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 3:14