…This world is not my own I’m just passing through, the old but gold tune, a staple at funerals and obituary announcements, a constant and sober reminder that we will not live on this earth forever plays in my subconscious, leaving me analysing the implications of this song and people’s extreme perspectives on our earthly journey
The first and the most common extremity is the need to be all you can be, get all you can get In this present world without recourse to the next, this entails doing anything necessary by any means necessary to get by, it involves an endless, anxious rat race to prepare for life which is ultimately ended by death unprepared for.
The second perspective is that of those so fixated on the aftermath of life, present realities do not concern them at all, the unknown is so Germaine that the present and tangible is left to suffer, for death so prepared for they live a life unprepared.
In a world where these two extremities co relate, I wonder which of them to align with. To get answers I look up to the one who lived both the tangible and the unknown, of the first perspective this what was he had to say.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”. Matt 6:19 & 20. For the second perspective he also said
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”.Matt 5:14-16.
While marrying both statements on the perspectives I came to the realisation that God doesn’t want us to live in the extremity of a position to the neglect and detriment of the other. God doesn’t want us to be so rich on earth that we will be poor in eternity, He would rather we be rich in eternity than over here, but in the same stride He doesn’t want us so extreme on eternity that we would neglect to do good works to “men” which would in turn give glory to him, while He wants us to be rich in Heaven he also wants to be the light of the world, as we are His representatives in it. Simply put God wants us to be and have the best of both worlds.