I DON’T NEED A BUCKET LIST.
It would be different if the only time I had to enjoy was the “here and now”… but it isn’t. As one who is saved (regenerated, cleansed, forgiven) by Christ through faith in Him… I know the best is yet to come.
NEW HOME. No longer will I be a stranger and a pilgrim. I’ll be HOME, forever, in my Father’s house. Ultimately, I will dwell upon the promised new Earth in “the New Jerusalem”, with all its beauty and wonders — a restored creation no longer cursed by sin, with ever-expanding opportunities to serve God and my fellow-redeemed in satisfying harmony and joy. (2 Peter 3:13; John 11:25,26; 14:2; Luke 6:20-23; Rev 7:15; 21-22; Isa 60; 65:17b; Heb 11:13,14,16; Acts 3:21; Ps 37:9,11,29; Matt 5:5; Eph 2:7)
NEW BODY. I’m promised a new perfect body — like Christ’s resurrected body. I will have physical abilities and a mental capacity far beyond this earthly realm — I will no longer be limited by strength, energy, or time or resources. I will have a potential to serve God beyond all I’ve ever known. (Phil 3:20-21; 1 John 3:2; 1 Cor 15:51-52)
NEW HORIZONS. I’m promised a place in Christ’s eternal unshakable kingdom, with talents and gifts (rewards of His grace) to use for His glory. What skills and abilities will I be given? Will I rule over a city? Or two, or three? Through what work and what assignments will I honor God? What will I be called to achieve or explore, invent, discover or develop? What will I build, craft, plant, compose or design? Where will I travel? Oh I can only imagine! (Heb 12:28; Matt 25:14-30; Rev 5:10; 22:5; 21:27)
NEW INTIMACY. I saved the best of the “far betters” for last. I will live in the presence of my King forever. Christ, the ᴊᴏʏ and ɢʟᴏʀʏ of heaven, ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ᴡʜᴏᴍ ɴᴏᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴇʟsᴇ ᴍᴀᴛᴛᴇʀs. I will look upon His face, revel in His beauty — and worship Him who alone is worthy — forever and ever. (Rev 22:3-4; 1 Cor 13:12; 1 Jn 3:2)
I don’t believe it’s wrong to enjoy life or to make a bucket list. For me, I know I won’t miss out on anything — for something far, far better has captured this old heart of mine. I hope it will begin to capture yours too.
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
Lord help us to make the most of our remaining time here — for Your honor and glory.