The taunting duo of "could have" and "might have been" approaches life as if it is a sexually transmitted disease with a mortality rate of one hundred percent. We've all heard the adage, "there are seven days in a week and someday is not one of them." Living for the weekend, for the next vacation or retirement is not looking forward. Trying to endure five days of work to enjoy two or working three plus decades to enjoy one is not what God had in mind for you.
When God speaks of eternal life He is not talking about life after this life when you get to heaven someday. Your inheritance isn't just waiting on you "over there in the sweet by and by." Many Christian believers have mistakenly thought that the blessings of God – our inheritance – will not be given to us until we get to heaven. Do we really have to wait that long? Ephesians 1:11 says, "In him we have obtained an inheritance." The operative words are "WE HAVE OBTAINED." Eternal life is not just a duration of existence but quality of life. God wants us to be "juiced" (full of energy and motivation) about life!
Question....when is an inheritance received? An inheritance is released when a person dies. Right? Jesus died and He left you something! The only reason you don’t have it fully is because you haven’t fully believed that it’s yours right now for the taking. You don’t have to wait until you get to heaven to possess it. "It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone." (Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG) What are you waiting on?
“The Bible names our problem: sin. Don’t let the word fool you. Sin is more than turning our backs on God, it is turning our backs on life! Immorality is much more than adultery and dishonesty, it is living drab, colorless, dreary, stale, unimaginative lives. The greatest enemy of Christianity may be people who say they believe in Jesus but who are no longer astonished and amazed. Jesus Christ came to rescue us from listlessness as well as lostness; He came to save us from flat souls as well as corrupted souls. He came to save us from dullness.” Yaconelli
Christians are reminded by their pastors that following Jesus is primarily about living right when it is more about living fully. It has been said, "The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have." Go ahead live life to it fullest because you only get to live it once!