God has. . . planted eternity in the human heart.
ECCLESIASTES 3:11 ( NLT )
Surely God would not have created such a being as a man to exist only for a day!
No, no, man was made for immortality
This life is not all there is.
Life on earth os just the dress rehearsal for 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. It is the practise workout before the real game; tha warm-up lap before the race begins. This life is preparation for the next.
At most, you will live a hundred years on earth, but you will spend forever in eternity. Your time on earth is, as Sir Thomas Browne said, "but a small parenthesis in eternity." You were made to last forever.
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. Even though we know everyone eventually diesl, death always seems unnatural and unfair. The reason we feel we should live forever is that God wired our brains with that desire!
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 of your spirit. The Bible calls your eartly body a "tent", but refers to your future body as "house". The Bible says," When this tent we live in—our body here on earth—is torn down, God will have a house 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, you will be invited 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.
C.S. Lewis said," There are two kinds of people: those who say to God "thy will be done" and those to whom God says,"alright then, have it your way". Tragically, many people will have to endure eternity without God because they chose to live without him here on earth.
When you fully comprehend that there is more to life than just here and now, and you realize that life is preparation for eternity, you will begin to live differently. YOU WILL START LIVING IN LIGHT OF ETERNITY, and that will color how you handle every relationship, task and circumstance. Suddenly, many activities, goals and even problems that seemed so important will appear trivial, petty and unworthy of your attention. THE CLOSER YOU LIVE TO GOD, THE SMALLER EVERYTHING ELSE APPEARS.
When you live in light of eternity, your values change. You use your time and money wisely. You place a higher premium on relationships and character instead of fame or wealth or achievements or even fun. Your priorities are reordered. Keeping up with trends, fashions and popular values just doesn't matter as much anymore. Paul said," I once thought all these things were so very important, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done."
If your time on earth were all there is to your life, I would suggest you start living it up immediately. You could forget being good and ethical, and you wouldn't have to worry about any consequences of your actions. You could indulge yourself in total self-centeredness because your actions would have no long-term repercussions. But—and this makes all the difference—death is not the end of you! Death is not your termination, but your transition into eternity, so there are eternal consequences to everything you do on earth. Every act of our lives strikes some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
The most dangerous aspect of contemporary living in short-term thinking. To make the most of your life, you must keep the vision of eternity continually in your mind and the value of it in your heart. There's far more to life than just here and now! Today is the visible tip of the iceberg. Eternity is all the rest you don't see underneath the surface.
What is it going to be like in eternity with God? Frankly, the capacity of our brains cannot handle the wonder and greatness of heaven. It would be like trying to describe the internet to an ant. It's futile. Words have not been invented that could possibly convey the experience of eternity. The Bible says," No mere man has ever seen, heard or even imagined what wonderful things God has ready for those who love the Lord."
However, God has given us glimpse of eternity in his Word. We know that right now God is preparing an eternal home for us. In heaven we will be reunited with loved ones who are believers, released from all pain and suffering, rewarded for our faithfulness on earth, and reassigned to do work that we will enjoy doing. We won't lie down on clouds with halos playing harps! We will enjoy unbroken fellowship with God, and he will enjoy us for an unlimited, endlesd forever. One day Jesus will say,"Come,you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world."
C. S. Lewis captures the concept of eternity on the last page of the Chronicles of Narnia, his seven-book children's fiction series: For us this the end of all the stories. . . .But for them it was only the begginning of the real story. All their life in this world. . . had onlu been the cover and the title page: now at last they were begginning 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."
God has a purpose for your life on earth, but it doesn't end here. His plans involved far more than the few decades you will spend on this planet. It's more than "the opportunity of a lifetime"; God offers you an opportunity BEYOND your lifetime. The Bible says," [God's] plans endure forever; his purposes last eternally."
The only time most people think about eternity is at funerals, and then its often shallow, sentimental thinking, based on ignorance. You may feel it's morbid to think about death, but actually it's unhealthy to live in denial of death and not consider what is inevitable. Only a fool would go through life unprepared for what we all know would eventually happen. You need to think more about eternity, not less.
Just as the nine months you spent in your mother's womb were not an end in themselves but preparation for lige, so this life is preparation for the next. If you have a relationship with God through Jesus, you don't need to fear death. It is the door to eternity. It will be the last hour of your time on earth, but it won't be the last of you. Rather than being the end of your life, it will be your birthday into eternal life. The Bible says," This world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven."
Measured against eternity, our time on earth is just a blink of an eye, but the consequences of it will last forever. The deeds of this life are the destiny of the next. We should be " realizing that every moment we spend in this earthly bodies is time spent away from our eternal home in heaven with Jesus." Years ago a popular slogan encouraged people to live each day as "the first day of the rest of your life." Actually it would be wiser to live each day as if it were the day of your life. Matthew Henry said," It ought to be the business of every day to prepare for our final day."
THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE
POINT TO PONDER: There is more to life than just here and now.
VERSE TO REMEMBER: "This world is finding away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever."
1 John 2:17 ( NLT )
QUESTION TO CONSIDER: Since i was made to last forever, what is the one thing I should stop doing and the one thing I should start doing today?
Every day in my life I felt so alone even if I had my family around because I know deep in my heart I still can't forget and forgive their shortcomings, their actions against my past that thought me how to put hatred in my heart once I am being hurt by anyone else... Somehow now I really want to change it.! I dont know exactly how to start and when to start but I am determined now to really change it!
As for my we are not ignorance about death yet, we are talking about it.
I want to go to heaven! and I am praying that I can be worthy to see God until my life ends here. I know God will help me to change my bad values into good one even if I failed to do so a thousand times I won't give up on trying to make it all worthwhile..
---sorry guys being emotional here... yet still dont know how to express it since its english 😏😂😒
enjoy reflecting guys.... and see you on our fifth day!!!!
have a blessed day everyone.
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