I asked this question last week, “Is there value to the religious life?” I mean the Christian life, for other religions, “They are broken lights of thee, and thou, O Lord, art more than they,” Tennyson. The question is important, for how you answer that question determines the direction of your life, for when you pass out of this world the direction you are heading in right now is the direction you are heading in when you step off this earthly plane; “For as he thinks within himself, so he is,” (Prov. 23:7).
Give yourself a moment of honesty: Is your desire to know God? Then that is the direction of your life, and death does not change it. On the hand is the deepest thing in your life a desire to please yourself? Then that is the direction of your life, and death does not change it. In both cases at death you go out into the vaster environment, and which environment you discover yourself in is based upon the direction of your life right now.
Is there value to the religious life? If you answer yes, then your life is lifted, and ennobled. And when you go out, you go into a vaster environment heading toward God satisfied. If your answer is no, then you live a life of self-service. And when you go out you go out into a vaster environment to discover your inability to satisfy the deepest cries of your life: Hunger without bread, thirst without water, and desire without answer.
What’s Your Direction,