Why eternity? Why does God want us to last forever?
It’s our reward. It’s our place of eternal refuge. Our eternity is not hear on this earth. Our eternity is in Heaven. This life is not all there is.
As Christians, we can look at our life here on earth as a preparation for the next life – in eternity. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes “God has planted eternity in the human heart.” (3:11, NLT) We all have this longing for immortality. No one wants to die, but it is inevitable. This earth produces death, but as believers and followers of Christ, we know there is something far greater waiting for us.
Eternity offers two choices: heaven or hell. I know this isn’t the topic that a lot of us like to hear about, but it needs to be discussed, especially since we are exploring the topic of purpose. Rick Warren says, “Your relationship to God on earth will determine your relationship to him in eternity.” We have to learn how to love and trust Him while we are on earth to be invited to spend eternity with Him. Then there is the other choice, spend eternity away from Him by rejecting Him.
We spend so much time worrying about what won’t last and not enough time preparing for eternity. Why? Why do we not live for eternity?
When we live for eternity everything we do changes. Our relationships, daily tasks, and even our circumstances change. We start to think of those things that seemed to be so big and beyond us as trivial and not worthy of so much attention. “The closer you live to God, the smaller everything else appears.”
God has told us that there is a place for us and He has prepared it. “However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ – the things God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9, NIV)
God has purpose for you here, but you need to realize that it doesn’t end here. Psalm 33:11, “But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” (NIV)
This life is preparation for eternity, just as the nine months inside our mother’s womb was preparation for this life. There is no fear in death. Why? Because it opens the doors to eternity for a Christian. It’s like our birthday into eternity. That is so exciting to think about.
Think about this: What are you doing today to prepare for eternity?
Until next time,