Do not for­get about your God-given re­spon­si­bil­i­ties

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To me, the only thing that’s im­por­tant is fo­cus­ing on our lives right now. Peo­ple who be­lieve in life after death and Heaven are just try­ing to escape from their present re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. We need to con­cen­trate on to­day, not day-dream­ing about some fu­ture in an imag­i­nary Heaven.

Q: A: — J.H.G.

I don’t think I’ve ever met a per­son who sin­cerely be­lieved in what the Bi­ble says about Heaven but was un­con­cerned about their God­given re­spon­si­bil­i­ties right now. Re­mem­ber: Je­sus not only taught us about Heaven, but he also fed the hun­gry and en­cour­aged the down­hearted — and he calls us to do like­wise.

Think, for ex­am­ple, of the thou­sands of schools and hos­pi­tals and or­phan­ages that Chris­tians have built all over the world. They be­lieved deeply in Heaven — but they also be­lieved that they had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to com­bat evil and poverty and ig­no­rance, and to make this world a bet­ter place. They took se­ri­ously Je­sus’ words: “Your king­dom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

Don’t spend your life in a fog of doubt and hope­less­ness. In­stead, open your heart and life to Je­sus Christ, who by his death and res­ur­rec­tion opened Heaven’s door for us. Je­sus said, “I am the res­ur­rec­tion and the life. The one who be­lieves in me will live, even though they die” (John 11:25).

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