There is a car bumper sticker that says, “He who dies with the most toys, wins!” At first, this may sound funny, but on deeper reflection, one may think, “Is the purpose of life all about accumulating material things?”
In the Gospel, Jesus was asked a question by the Sadducees about money and heaven. A woman ends up marrying all the brothers one at a time. In the end, whose wife she would be? The question that would cross one’s mind is, why did the woman end up marrying all the brothers one at a time? It was a practice meant to preserve the material wealth of the family. The Sadducees did not believe in life eternal, hence they were more particular about things of the earth.
Three things Eternal Life reminds us in our everyday life:
- Letting Go. One of these days whatever we have, we will have to let go. Whatever we have, whatever our accomplishments, whatever titles we have, we will say goodbye. Indeed, all things come to pass. As the saying goes, “At the end of the chess game, the king and the pawn enter the same box.”
- What is important in life. What are we pursuing in life? What are we putting as most important in life? Will this matter in the life eternal? Are we pursuing earthly wealth or heavenly wealth? Is it really worth pouring all our emotions and strength into things that are not really important in life? We remember that the things that count in life are those that cannot be counted.
- Destiny. Life is a journey and eternal life is our destination. Yes, there are times we get lost, there are times we encounter problems, there are times we get into an accident. All part of life. Yet, as we enjoy the journey we must not forget that heaven is the destiny.
There is a saying that Eternal Life does not begin with death, but it begins with Faith. As Jesus told His disciples, “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places, have faith in God and have faith in me.”