This week, as we remember the passing of Billy Graham on February 21, 2018, we’ll take a daily look at questions he was asked about Heaven:
Which is more important, learning how to live in this life or preparing for the next life?
“Both are equally important in God’s eyes. Which wing of an airplane is more important – the right wing or the left? You know the answer: both are equally important, and if either one is missing the plane simply can’t fly. And the same is true of our faith in Christ.
If we concentrate on only one of these, life will be out of balance – or hang in the balance. We won’t be living the way God wants us to live, nor will we experience the full measure of His blessing and hope that He has in store for those who love Him. James said, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” (James 2:26).
God is concerned about our lives right now, and the most important thing about the present life is to settle the afterlife. This life gives us a glorious opportunity to prepare for eternity. Most people are living for today with barely a thought of tomorrow. We are so caught up with the affairs of this life that we give little attention to eternity.
But neither can we ignore our responsibilities on earth. Christians in the world are the only real spiritual light in the midst of great spiritual darkness. God has entrusted us with the privilege of living for Him down here. And, thankfully, He also gives us reason to look forward to the glories of Heaven.”