Eternity

Reality is this, we are all dying. We will last for an average of 70 years and in a moment we will have an experience with death. Just as real as today, as real as the moment you are reading this, so will your experience with death be just as real. Everything comes to an end. Every moment you are alive comes and goes and is gone forever. You can’t take it back, you can’t replay it, and you can’t redo it. The point I’m trying to make is that this life is a vapor, a chasing after the wind. What’s the point of living for something that passes away? Where’s the wisdom in “building a castle in the sand?”

Jesus says in Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth… but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” The wisdom in this life is found in living for eternity. The treasures in this life will pass away. You are trying to attain something that will be in your hand for a moment, grasp the wind, and that’s the reality of your treasure. But if you live according to the truths of God with your eyes fixed on eternity, you will store up for yourself eternal treasures.

You are the temple of God and your works are the building. You can build using wood, hay, straw, or gold, silver, and precious stones.  1 Cor. 3:11-15 says your works will be revealed by fire on that “Day.” Wood, hay, and straw are the temporal things of this life. Gold, silver, and precious stones are those things that are eternal. “And the fire will test each man’s work.”  If what you give yourself to in this life is of eternal significance, the fire will touch it and it will survive and you will receive your reward. But if you live in vain, chasing after the wind, on that “Day” the fire will consume it. You will be saved, “but only as one escaping through the flames.” Try to escape through flames in this life and tell me how it feels, then think how intensified it will be before a HOLY GOD.

I pray you gain wisdom and live as a stranger in this land. Compare this existence to the ages that are in front of you and decide whether you want to live for 70 years or eternity. I’m convinced I live for one day, “That Day,” the day when I stand before Him. That day is just as real as today, as real as the moment I am writing this, I will stand before a HOLY GOD and my works will be tried by fire. On that Day I want to have no regrets and no shame. To be able to look into the face of a loving God and my Savior, hold my head high and with tears in my eyes say that I gave it all and that I poured out my life. Because on that Day I will know the fullness of the extravagance of His love and I will not get to go back. If I don’t live for that Day, and I chase after the wind, and I give myself to this life and store up treasures on earth. Then I will stand before this God and know the fullness of the extravagance of His love and then wish with all my being that I could go back, that I could live differently, that I could give Him more, that I could lay down my life, that I could change so much. But everything comes to an end. Every moment you are alive comes and goes and is gone forever. You can’t take it back, you can’t replay it, and you can’t redo it. I want to have the same testimony as Enoch. I want for millenniums and ages to come for people to be going on about how greatly I pleased God. I live for that day, to let Him know in this life I loved Him with all that I am. Greater love has no man than he lay down his life for another. Consider me a martyr and my life crucified.

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