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Neverending Stories

December 21, 2008

The Gospel Tract Society publishes a tract entitled “You Will Never Die.” While the text isn’t written in quite a fashion that I would have chosen, it does confront the reader with the fact that we are eternal beings. While most would claim to believe this, few consider the gravity of this truth. They are content to hold on to their “personal beliefs” and rationalize why those beliefs must be accurate as opposed to objectively pursuing the truth concerning this issue. The moment that the Lord brought each of us into existance, the fabric of the everlasting was forever altered. There will never again be another moment when we “are not” but there will be a moment when we will cease to occupy a position in the arena of atoms. A moment that can arive either with multiple warnings or sneak upon us in the middle of the night. Each time that we leave our home, we have no promise that we are going to return.

A visit to any cemetary will confront one with markers containing names and the dates between which the bearers of those names walked through the valley of decision. One day while tending to my wifes Grandmothers memorial I happened to notice a marker of a man who lived from 1775 to 1856. It caught my attention because it’s the oldet memorial that I’ve ever seen in this town. This man was born a British citizen and passed into eternity five years prior to the opening shots of the civil war. It goes without saying that he lived in a much different world than us from a technological and societal standpoint. As I began to consider what kind of life this person might have had, the really important question arose:

WHERE IS THIS MAN NOW?

His memorial continues to bear witness of a life once lived. Yet for over 152 years, this individual has been in his eternal abode; 71 years longer than the 81 years in which he inhabited a vessel of clay. His occupation in life, where he lived, (Constantine I assume; at least for a time) how many assets he accumulated, his earthly credentials, pet doctrines, and reputation among his contemporaries became of no relavance the moment that his final breath was completed. When a person enters eternity, the only thing that matters is “does their name appear in the Lambs book of life?” The answer to this question determines whether a soul will abide forever in the presence of the Lord Jesus, who paid for our sins with his own blood, or will be forever separated from God in a place of everlasting torment.

II Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

This seems a very simple theme, and yet one that’s needful to revisit. The affairs of this life often work to obscure the line between those issues with eternal ramifications and those which lose all significance at the moment of ones passing. When the moment arrives that we are to depart this present world, we’ll no longer be concerned about the career path that once dominated our life or the array of storylines that we followed daily. The geo-political wranglings of this present world and the seven day weather forcast will not be issues of pondering upon the completion of our allotment of days in this realm. Our possessions that we diligently collected and protected will serve only as reminders of resources that we spent on our lives in this world instead of sowing into endeavors of eternal significance like evengelism and tending to the needs of those around us. 

John 6:27 “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.”

Revelation 14:13 “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Dord from henceforth: Yea saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

 Each of us have a neverending story that will continue on throughout the eons to come.  An eternity which is being forged in this present realm. Not only our final destination, but also the standing in that final destination. I imagine that in the New Jerusalem, the greatest mansions will be granted to folks whose names we never heard of, but they faithfully gave their all as unto the Lord Jesus and not in service to man. Likewise the lake of fire will most likely also have degrees as does hell. (all of them will be unimaginably tormenting, so one should not take any comfort from this thought) The intent of this post is simply to highlight a truth that virtually all of us already acknowledge, but may not grasp the seriousness of. I fear that none of us are as sober-minded as we should be concerning this. (An area that I must work on as well)

Well, we must leave for church in less than an hour. Please keep this household in prayer; Kimmy, Morgan, Megan, Matthew, and Ryan; along with Morgans boyfriend Dustin, her former boyfriend Levi, and Megans friend Susan. (Susan professes Jesus as Savior but her lifestyle is kind of on the wild side) These are eternal souls who are up against divers wrestlings and the devil is seeking whom he may devour. When we begin to fathom what’s at stake, it’s astonishing how many professing christians continue to flock to the prophets of prosperity as they activate their “seed faith” in order to get more stuff. (I’m sorry; that probably doesn’t belong in this post. I think I’ll leave it.)

I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

 

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6 comments

  1. Hey,

    Just wanted to say hello. I appreciate your Hebrews 13:8 verse. I’ll be checking in from time to time!

    Lord bless,

    Jim Richardson


  2. Hi Jim. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll swing by your site when I get time.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  3. Didn’t Jonathan Edwards preach a famous sermon on this subject? It’s something that needs to be brought up now and again.
    Thanks Timbob.


  4. Merry Christmas, Timbob to you and your family. May the Lord continue to bless you with his rich grace and may your fervent prayers be answered. The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.


  5. Hi Jerald. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a blessed christmas as well. This was another post that served as a note to myself as I tend to need a continuous reminding of such things.

    Blessings always in Jesus.


  6. Hi Scotti. Great to hear from you. I likewise wish a blessed Christmas to you and your household.

    Have a blessed Christmas and a blessed new year in Jesus.



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