Something I’ve been pondering lately is the reality of eternity, and how that reality needs to be shaping the way that I think and live. Here’s a question for all of us today:
How is the way we are living today impacting eternity?
It is so easy to get caught up in the lies the world feeds us: we deserve happiness and gratification now. We can do whatever we want with our minds, bodies, and lives and it doesn’t matter. It’s our life, and we can do whatever we want with it.
I’m telling you – and most of all, myself – that the way we live totally matters.
It’s easy for me, especially as a teenager, to think that I have a lot of time left to impact this world. This is possibly another lie. As I look at some of the lives of people who have impacted me in the way that they lived or through the words that they spoke, sang, or wrote, I realize that these people were not given many years on this earth.
Jim Elliot was killed by men he was trying to save… at age 28.
Oswald Chambers died unexpectedly… at age 43.
Keith Green died in a plane crash… at age 28.
Rachel Scott was murdered at Columbine High School… at age 17.
Jesus Christ was crucified… at age 33. (He rose from the dead, by the way!!!)
Most of these people died unexpectedly, and the world would say tragically. But all of these people used their time wisely and changed lives for the better. Is that a tragedy? I’ll tell you what’s a tragedy. A tragedy is the death of someone who has failed to live with eternity in mind.
Will my death be a tragedy? Will yours?
Only one life, ’twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last. – Author unknown