Eternity

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end."  Ecclesiastes 3:11

Sir Thomas Browne once said that our time on earth is “but a small parenthesis in eternity”.  The Bible says, “God has planted eternity in the human heart”.  Death is not the end of us nor our termination.  Death is our transition into eternity.  At most, we could live about 100 years on this earth then we spend forever in eternity.

Although emphasis on making the most of those 100 years because of the certainty of death is worthwhile, perhaps making the most of those 100 years because of the certainty of eternity would be more worthwhile.  How would life today be different if we live in the awareness of eternity instead of only the certainty of death?  For example, our relationship with God on earth will determine our relationship to Him in eternity.  If we love and trust Jesus, we will spend the rest of eternity with Him.  If we reject His love, forgiveness and salvation, we will spend eternity apart from God in never ending suffering.  Moreover, life on earth consists of relationships, goals, achievements, fun, priorities, character and values.  I suspect that the decisions we make and the actions we take (as we make the most of these 100 years) will be different when we trust that death is not the end.  God has a purpose for us and it does not end here on earth.  “But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations” Psalm 33:11.  

As we contemplate the difference trusting in eternity makes, consider this question proposed by Rick Warren in Purpose Driven Life.  “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?”

May God bless you as you live in the light of eternity!

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