"He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man's heart..." ~Ecclesiastes 3:11a~
I've been recently studying a devotional dealing with our purpose in Christ (seems to be a theme in my life at the moment, huh?! :)), and the chapter I was studying yesterday started with that verse. I've read it before, but this is the first time I've really read it. Do you know what I mean?
The chapter starts like this.
"This life is not all there is.
Life on earth is just the dress rehearsal before the real production. You will spend far more time on the other side of death - in eternity - than you will here. Earth is the staging area, the preschool, the tryout for your life in eternity... This life is preparation for the next."
It continues: "The Bible says "God has...planted eternity in the human heart". You have an inborn instinct that longs for immortality. This is because God designed you, in His image, to live for eternity... One day your heart will stop beating. That will be the end of your body and your time on earth, but it will not be the end of you. Your earthly body is just a temporary residence for your spirit. The Bible calls your earthly body a "tent", but refers to your future body as a "house". The Bible says, "When this tent we live in - our body here on earth - is torn down, God will have a house in heaven for us to live in, a home He Himself has made, which will last forever."
While life on earth offers many choices, eternity offers only two: heaven or hell. Your relationship to God on earth will determine your relationship to Him in eternity. If you learn to love and trust God's Son Jesus (and repent and turn to Him), you will be invited to spend the rest of eternity with Him. On the other hand, if you reject His love, forgiveness and salvation, you will spend eternity apart from God, forever."
Most of that was things I'd heard before, but yesterday it really struck me. We really are made for eternity, and everything here and now will be G O N E. Kaput. Forever. Huh. It really gives you a different perspective, right?! Little things suddenly don't matter so much. At the end of the day, all that really matters is sharing God's love with others, and learning to love Him more ourselves.
|Loved this quote from the movie "God's Not Dead"!|
It's kind of an amazing thought really, isn't it?! (Understatement of the day). One day, this earth will be no more, and we'll be living on a new one, far more beautiful and perfect, praising our Lord God day in, day out. Wow. I can't think of anything more beautiful and wonderful than this.
I think C.S. Lewis says it perfectly (of course!) in the last of his Narnia books - The Last Battle.
"For us this is the end of all the stories... But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world... had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read, which goes on forever and in which every chapter is better than the one before."