Beyond the BlueNovember 6, 2006
One could say that ours is a very average family in the small community of Constantine Michigan. I work at a tier-one parts manufacturer for the automotive industry while my wife works at a daycare. We have four kids, live in a three bedroom ranch style house on a lot surrounded by fields and woods. All of our neighbors, except one, live on the other side of a field from us. We raise goats, and have a population of “pets” that one would consider to be “above average.” We pay bills, pay taxes, attend school plays, mow the lawn in the summer, shovel snow in the winter, and for the most part, carry on with a way of life that has become known as the “American way.” Things in this household, for the most part, fall within the perimeter of “normal.” I love my wife and children more than at any time; the “natural affection” that continues to grow as you mature. Their well-being is of utmost concern as these days are far more perilous than those in which I grew up in. While my folks would tell of how difficult things were in the old days, I find myself telling our kids that things were “less dangerous” when I was a youth. It’s a reverse of the proverbial “In my day we had to walk 15 miles to school and back, in the blinding snow; uphill both ways.”
While ours is a normal situation for the most part, I must confess that my heart is planted firmly in the world to come. My utmost concern is for everyone in my family to be ready to meet the Lord Jesus Christ as every person who has ever lived or ever will live must one day stand before the King of kings. Eventually, I will leave American Axle for the final time, the goats will die, and one by one, we’ll bury the pets out past the fence. (Well, it’s true. We already have a collection of deceased critters that would make for a Steven King novel) This house will come to be no more, Constantine will cease to be a community, America will be merged into a global governing entity, or “beast government,” (this is scriptural; meaning it WILL happen) and everything in this present reality will be gone forever. Every aspect of your physical life will one day cease to be an aspect of your life.
Hebrews 9:27-28 “As it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”
I John 2:15-17 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
Your participation in this world is like a gentle summer breeze; here for a moment and then gone forever. Everything that you have accumulated will be dispersed to others while time will slowly erase all of your contributions to this life. Here’s a question? Do you know the middle name of your great great grandmothers oldest sister? Unless you’re a genealogy buff, you probably have no idea as to what her middle name was. Yet at one time, this lady was in the world and engaged in all of the day to day activities that one of her generation would engage in. If this lady went into eternity without knowing Jesus Christ, it all came to nothing. This world is fleeting and your place among the land of the living can come to an abrupt end with little or no warning. You may live to be 110 years old. So what? Hebrews 9:27 continues to be fulfilled and one day, you’ll fall in line also.
What does all of this mean? Simply this. “It’s all going to burn.” When all is said and done, when the last check has been signed, and the last treaty broken; when the last syllable of defiance has been uttered, all of this reality that you see and touch will be gone. Only one thing will matter at that time. Is your name written down in glory? Have you been to Calvary and accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? (Here’s a hint; when you are truly born again, you’ll begin to change. You will no longer be the same person that you were before as the Holy Spirit begins to transform you into the image of Christ. This is a lifelong process) Your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is the only thing that will matter when you stand in judgment. Your education, social status, ethnic background, your income, your physical attributes; none of this will hold any weight whatsoever in eternity.
Revelation 20: 12-15 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were wirtten in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
There will be no joking around or lightheartedness on that day. There will be no conversions on that day. If you die in your sins, there’s no remedy in the hereafter. You don’t get to come back as another person and try it over again and you cannot enter in any other way except through jesus Christ. He alone was able to pay the sin debt of the world and he alone had power to both lay down his life and take it back up again.
While there’s still time, please give your heart to Jesus. This may be your final opportunity. You don’t know what will transpire tomorrow, and if today should be your last day, it won’t affect you. But the world to come is an everlasting one. It’s my sincere prayer that you would come to Jesus and lay up for yourself treasures in heaven.
This post was initially going to emphasize laying up treasure in heaven but it went into a similar, yet different direction. I will close with the verses that I had originally planned to use as they are very needful in this idolatrous generation.
Matthew 6:19-21 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”