God doesn’t limit us. He helps us achieve our full potential. He cares deeply that we make that decision to choose him and spend eternity with him. Eternity is millions and millions of years. Do we get that? God gives us the choice and respects our decision. Do we want to spend eternity with the one that loves us and made us, that has joy, peace and intimacy in store for us? Or will we be stubborn, go with our pride, and choose separation from God, darkness, isolation, death to our hopes and dreams forever. The enemy cares nothing for us. He hates us, wishes us harm. He pretends to be the fun and “cool guy” that gives us what we crave here on earth. But, like the cursed pirates in Pirates of the Caribbean, his “gifts” really give us no joy or satisfaction. It seems they should, but we receive emptiness, an illusion.
I don’t want to suffer any more than you do in this life. But, I think I could suffer, if need be, these possible 100 years, knowing I will live millions and millions of years after in the place I was always meant to be – heaven, a place that has no sin or separation or hatred or cruelty, where everything is ruled by justice, righteousness, love, peace and joy. Having the right perspective changes everything I expect from this life.
I know this for sure…life is fleeting, it feels long but goes by so quickly. Kids feel they’ll never grow up but all of a sudden they have families and careers and think “what happened”? In what seems like years, we become our parents’ age, our grandparents’ age, yet still with a kid’s heart inside. I always wondered what “old people” were really like inside, but come to find out I am that old person. We’re all kids in limited, aging bodies that have a short life to make an eternal decision. Don’t put off until tomorrow what needs to be decided today. You’ll have millions upon millions upon millions of years to be thankful you took the time and effort to come to peace with your real Lord and Savior.
Joshua 24:14-15 (written thousands of years ago, before Christ was born a baby on earth. Joshua speaks to the Israelites living in the Promised Land they finally entered.)
“‘Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.'”
I Thessalonians 4:16-18 (An account of what will happen when Jesus returns, a certainty, not a maybe. We don’t have an endless time to make our decisions. One day it will be too late.)
16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.