As humans, we tend to focus on the here and now. Even those of us who realize the future consequences of our actions are almost always focusing on our time here on earth. In reality, the only things that really matter are who we choose to serve in this life, and where we choose to spend eternity. Only the heavenly minded Christian knows true wisdom. Our life is a span of time unimaginably short in comparison to eternity. We must take hold of this vital information and let it purge our thoughts at every hour if we are to prevent our lives from being wasted.
Do you want to accomplish great things in your life? Do you want to be a part of what really matters? Do you want to live with purpose? Everyone wants these things. Deep down, we all want to live a life that matters. The problem is, we are horribly conceited and poisoned in our selfish desires. We find ourselves putting far too much time into mindless pleasure, and far too little time into what has real value. We pretend to be “good people” in public while our normal life remains stale and void of love on the inside of our mask. We need to wake up. We need to realize that nothing on this earth will satisfy us. The only thing that will give us true joy is utmost devotion to Christ. Unless He is what we live for, we will have lived in vain.
There’s life after death. You’ve probably heard this before, but have you ever really thought hard about what this means? After all your accomplishments, after all your failures, after all your experiences and relationships, you will find yourself on your deathbed breathing your last breath. After that, what will happen? Will it just go black forever? Will you cease to exist? Regardless of our worldview, a lot of us think about death this way. We imagine that it will be the last page in our story. But it is really only the beginning of our true destiny.
After that last breath, one of two things will happen to every single person in existence. Most will be cast into Hell to burn forever in the blazing, righteous wrath of the living God. It will be agony, and it will never end. Some will be taken away by their Lord, truly alive and well, to have the utmost privilege of praising Him for eternity. Every tear will be wiped from their eyes, and they will love and serve Christ forever. There is no place for “good people.” There is no place for “innocent citizens.” There is no blackness. Everyone will go to either Heaven or Hell. Death is not the end. After death, the real consequences of our actions will come to light. If we ignored the divine love of our God, we will be punished rightly for our sins. If we accepted the free gift Christ offered us on the cross, we will find forgiveness and joy everlasting. This is the truth. Don’t let yourself be deceived by the cowardly pastor at the gravesite who continually implies that the one who died will go to Heaven despite their life of rejection towards God. Don’t fall into the trap of putting death in the very back of your mind, pretending it will never come while you waste your life pursuing temporal happiness. Embrace the idea that all this earth will pass away before you know it, and work unceasingly for what you know will remain after your last hour on this planet.
Don’t let your life pass by without taking hold of what matters. Here’s a hint: Love isn’t what matters. Money isn’t what matters. Security isn’t what matters. God matters, and that’s it. That’s all. Not God and your hobbies. Not God and your career. Not God and your girlfriend. Just God. Just Christ, hanging on a cross, tortured and separated from His Father for your liberty from sin. He’s the only thing worth living for and He’s the only thing worth dying for. Don’t waste this breath of a life. Live every passing moment with a greater hope for what is to come, and a fierce passion for serving the Almighty God.
“For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” – Romans 14:7-8