God has… planned eternity in the human heart – Ecclesiastes 3:11
Your current life is not all there is. Naturally, the average person does not want to die, or want to lose a loved one, but we all know that day is going to come. This doesn’t mean be insensitive. Even the bible admonishes us to mourn with those who mourn. Always be sympathetic with people when a loved one is lost. Offer them friendship and presence.
Life on earth can be equated to the dress rehearsal before a performance, the performance which is eternity – heaven or hell. I understand how crazy this may sound to some people. you may be wondering, “how is it that when you die, you face God, get your judgment, and go to either heaven or hell…” I tell you, it takes believe that Jesus is Lord to truly comprehend this phenomenon of life after death. If you’re willing to believe, just ask Him.
II Corinthians 5:1 tells us, “For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” See, on earth, we have several choices, what religion we choose to belong to, whom we choose tool, what career to pursue, what clothes to wear, the color of nail polish, the list is inexhaustible. In eternity, we only have two: heaven or hell. We get heaven if love and trust Jesus, and accept His gift of salvation as our Lord and Savior, or we get hell is we reject His love.
When we have that understanding that there is more to this life, we will start to live differently.
Before the Holy Spirit fell upon Saul on his way to Damascus, he was a horrible prosecutor! He was that delusional boy who shot 9 Christians at their Bible study. He was wicked, he was sold to flesh, but after his encounter with Jesus, even he said, in Philippians 3:7, “I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.” When you can wrap your mind around the fact that your soul is made to last forever, you find out that you forgive more, you love more, you smile more, you will live a happy, fulfilled, purposeful life!
In I Corinthians 2:9, we hear of God’s promise to us. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” I know I want to see this glorious place, where peace reigns and living in God’s purpose for my life is the key to that.
Food for thought: Since I was made to last forever, what is the one thing I should stop doing today? And one thing I should start doing?