As I think about this quote, I believe it's talking about perspective. Where's my main focus; on heaven or earth?
If I aim at earth, I believe I will be more concerned about the things in this present life.
- Where will I live?
- What shall I wear?
- Who are my friends?
- Where do I fit in?
There are certain present day realities that we all must face as long as we are alive on this earth.
But if I aim at heaven, I really get so much more. According to the Bible, if I want to go to heaven when I die I must have a personal relationship with God ...through Jesus.
And having a relationship with Jesus ensures me that I'm never alone. His Spirit lives in me, even when I'm still living on earth. As I surrender and submit my life to His leading, He works in and through me ...to impact this world.
So, even though I'm aiming for heaven, I get earth thrown in. It's not my work but His work in and through me, which is so much better.
If I simply aim at earth, I may have some temporary pleasures but I would miss out on a life of freedom from the power and penalty of sin. I would not have hope of spending eternity with my loved ones and especially ...Jesus.