What Determines Our Eternal Destiny?
“From One Christian to Another…”
Eternity is nothing to mess with. After you die, you are going to spend eternity somewhere and the decision is final. So where will it be? And what determines it?
It’s Easy to Ignore the Spiritual Side of Life
It’s so easy when we are caught up in the success and busyness of life to think this life is all there is. It’s easy to ignore the spiritual dimension when all is going right. When tragedies strike, it’s then that we think of God as a supernatural power that can help us.
One Day Our Earthly Life Will be Over
The time comes when each of us has to think of why we are here and what’s it all about – in the eternal realm of things. We look at that body in the casket and we know full well that for the person lying there, his earthly life is over. And then what?
Is Faith a Risk?
Is a life of faith a risk? A gamble? Suppose we take that risk of faith? We spend our life believing in God, being forgiven by Jesus, and serving others in gratitude to Him. We have a life of comfort in the hard times and peace of mind. We are able to forgive others and live in peace with all men “as far as we are able.” Then we die and Jesus is real. We spend a blissful eternity with Him.
OK, let’s take the flip side of that. Jesus isn’t real. There is nothing after death. Tell me, what have we lost? Certainly nothing on this earth.
What If We Ignore God Completely?
On the other hand, suppose we never take God seriously or we ignore Him completely? We don’t want Him ruling our life. We can do very well on our own. We live for ourselves and grab all the gusto we can. We live a moral peaceful life without God. We do it because it’s the nice thing to do. We think of God the way we want to. We invent a god who isn’t mean and sends people to hell. We invent a god who saves everybody regardless. And life is blissfully without accountability. Isn’t that the way things should be?
God Will Give Us Our Way in Eternity
And then we die. Eternity is real. And Jesus is real. We choose hell because God gives us the right to reject Him. We haven’t lived with Him on earth so God gives us our way – an eternity without Him.
Tell me, what’s the greater risk?
Blessings on your journey of faith, anita
Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl & the African Chief
I describe my journey of faith in my memoir of my love story. During the 1960s, I married my anthropology professor who was a hereditary African Chief of the Mende tribe in West Africa. This led me to visit Africa a number of times and live in his remote village for a year with our 3 boys doing lay missionary work. I certainly didn’t do things perfectly. And yet, the Lord has been so gracious in my life! I can only praise and thank Him!