Eternity is not something people like to think about. It reminds us of our mortality, and we would prefer to think we are not going to face death for a very long time. In reality, that’s something we just can’t be sure about. So it seems to me, we ought to give more thought to the matter of where we will spend eternity. It is after all, a very, very long time.
In the past two months, three people that were in the realm of my life, that I cared about died unexpectedly. One died in an accident, and two were murdered. Two were not people that I knew that well, but they were people who had an impact on my life in varying degrees, and I hated to see them pass.
One of the ones who died, the one who died in an accident, I knew well and I know where he is spending eternity. We talked many times and I am comforted if not jealous of him, knowing he is with the Lord now. He can behold His glorious face; he has no more sickness or pain. I know he wouldn’t want to come back if he could.
The second one I am pretty sure is in the same situation. He also had faith in Jesus Christ, and though he had problems, I have no reason to believe he is not also in heaven today.
The third person was so nice. He was always friendly and smiling when I saw him, but I never had the chance to talk to him about eternity. So I just don’t know if he thought about it. I hope he did, because he is in eternity now.
God created us in His image. He intended us to live forever with him, but to do that we have to deal with the problem of sin. Sin came in through Adam and has been with mankind ever since, separating us from God.
God had a remedy for sin, though. He had a plan. He sent His only begotten Son. Jesus, to die in our place, to pay the penalty for sin for us, and restore our relationship with God. But unless we confess that we are sinners in need of that forgiveness, and ask to be forgiven, we cannot receive that precious gift.
In 1 John 1:9 it says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” It is really very simple. It doesn’t take much time, but it does take consideration of ourselves and of eternity. Eternity is a very, very long time, and we will spend it somewhere. Either with the Lord in His glorious presence or where there is nothing that pertains to Him, no life, no light, no peace, no water, no comfort , no air, no breeze. I know it sounds awful; it is awful, but eternity is a very long time. It is worth thinking about. You will spend it somewhere. It is too easy to look the other way or say tomorrow I’ll think about it, but we never know if we have tomorrow.
I hope you will take a little time and think about eternity, if you haven’t. If you have, I hope you will speak to those around you that you care about. We never know when our time is up, because “life at best is very brief, like the falling of a leaf” as the old hymn says. I never dreamed my friends would leave so quickly.