I Can See Forever From Here
We know that it is not going to happen but we say it regularly to folks we really do like. “Let’s get together soon”. The minute that we say it, we mean it. But if the other person says, “Great. When?” The look on our face immediately goes to perplexity. Why? Because out schedules are so packed most weeks, we do good to spend time with our spouse and children. Outings with friends is reserved for those that are really, really close to us. The reason is not that we want to exclude as many other people as possible. Rather, we know that we only have time to develop meaningful relationships with a small circle. We would love to know others, but time is a demanding tyrant that most often prevents us from anything more than what we must do daily.
Sadly, the pressures and activities that we accept as “absolutes” too often exclude spiritual growth and church involvement. One church bulletin board recently had this posted: Visit us on your way to eternity. Sadly, that has more truth in its punch than most would admit. Because of temporal demands, this generation truly does not consider the fact that we are eternal creations of God. All mankind has eternal life. Man was made in the image of God and God is eternal. That eternal life is ours already. The difference is the address that we will have “forever”. Some will live forever with Christ in eternity and others will be forever separated from Christ because of their rejection of God’s will and redemptive offer through the sacrifice of Jesus. So many do not even believe that there is “life after this life”. They live in the myopia that this is all there is.
In Randy Alcorn’s book, In Light of Eternity, he imagines twins having a conversation in their mother’s womb. “You know,” one says, “there’s a whole world out there–grassy meadows and snowy mountains, splashing streams and waterfalls, horses and dogs and cats and whales and giraffes. There are skyscrapers and cities and people like us–only much bigger–playing games like football and baseball and volleyball and going to the beach.”
“Are you crazy?” the other twin responds. “That’s just wishful thinking. Everyone knows there’s no life after birth.” (Alcorn, In Light of Eternity, pg. 25).
How many people do you know that have written off eternal life because they simply do not want to consider what they would need to do to prepare for “life forevermore”? Scripture is very clear that mankind does have an eternal soul. God warns us that after this life, we will give an account to God.
It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. (Heb.9:27). He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24). For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23). Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. (2 Cor. 5:6-8). For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (2 Cor. 5:10). How is your “spiritual fitness” program working?