The goal and end of a person’s calling does not terminate in this life, but it makes sense only in the light of the life to come. His calling in this life is part of God’s heavenly calling, the call that leads to heaven. While the Christian, in being called by grace, already has eternal life, such life will fully be realized, blossom and bear fruit, only in the life to come. And the Christian’s daily work, intrinsically satisfying and worthwhile as it may be, will also find its fulfillment through the formation of character, and perhaps even in some of the products of human culture, in the city of the New Jerusalem, the new heaven and new earth wherein dwells righteousness.
There are, then, two basic extremes to be avoided. One is to think of this life as a shadow, as not real; to belittle and devalue it to the point where it is not worth living. The other mistake is to think that the present life is everything. The basic fact about the present life is that it is important and valuable in all its aspects because it leads to the world to come.
~ Paul Helm ~
The Last Things