As some of you might know, I am currently doing a PhD in science. But in those dark nights of the soul, I get lucid clarity that my PhD doesn’t really matter at all. When I get to heaven, God wouldn’t be asking how many papers I’ve published or whether I found a cure for cancer.
This is a sobering thought. What really matters in this life?
What you treasure shows where your heart is. Does your heart belong to earth or heaven?
As I was reading the Bible, Jesus also had a PhD program while on this earth and it stands for his ministry: Preaching, Healing and Deliverance.
Matt 4:23-25 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis,Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.
In terms of a PhD, I’d enroll in God’s program anytime. When we truly realise that we are only pilgrims on a journey and cannot take any earthly glories, possessions when we die, our view of life flips on its head.
No longer do we chase after the things of these world (wealth, financial security, clothes, houses) as non-Christians do but chase after the unseen, the eternal. Indeed, for non-Christians, earth is the only heaven they know while for us Christians, earth is the only hell we’ll experience.
That begs the question: What can we bring with us to heaven?
Answer: Human souls.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?
Jesus was investing only in eternal treasures by saving the lost souls of mankind. That is why his PhD program is the only one accredited by heaven! May we come to terms with the brevity of life and where our true home really lies. Then only can we live as Kingdom citizens preaching the Good News of Jesus to all.