Where do you live?
With the world going into a recession or worse, we all know people who have lost their homes, or have had to move into less expensive housing. When one becomes an adult, where you live takes up considerable time. When you are having children, you look for a house close to the "best school". When you retire, you look for a low-maintenance house.
This brief discussion, however, is not about where you live physically. You have answered that question already. What we will discuss here is WHERE DO YOU LIVE spiritually? All of us have a spiritual part to us. The spiritual part of us will separate us into two groups: Group 1: people who believe in Jesus Christ and Group 2: people who do not believe in Jesus Christ. Both Group 1 and Group 2 will die a physical death. However, spiritually, Group 1 lives on forever (Revelation 21:3 and 4). Group 2 will die again (Revelation 20:14 and Revelation 21:8).
Looking at this issue from a timeline perspective, the first death is the end of a very short (relatively speaking) time alive on this earth. The second continuous death or forever life depending on your Group will be just that "forever". Given the time span of forever versus the limited years in our physical life, one can make the argument that the forever life should have more importance or a priority. By the way, Group 2 lifestyle is the default lifestyle.
The Revelation indicates that the rewards given to everyone (both Groups) will be based upon what he/she has done. Here we run into one of the interesting aspects in Practical Christionics: what we do during our physical life is rewarded forever. This means that actions we take now will have long term results (rewards). "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. Revelation 22:12 (NIV)
So, WHERE DO YOU LIVE? really is asking, if you are ONLY living for this physical timespan, then you live one lifestyle. If, WHERE DO YOU LIVE? is on the forever timeline, your physical lifestyle will be distinctly different. Future discussions will cover the practical aspects of this lifestyle for both Groups particularly during these recessionay times.