What causes a successful middle-aged businessman to feel restless? What makes a suicidal teen reconsider taking their own life? We were created by a God who we can’t see now, but who is very actively at work in this world. Inside each of our physical bodies is an invisible, eternal soul that was made to be with our Creator God. Each person knows deep within their invisible soul that there is an invisible, spiritual world and that it counts for more than any of the things we can see and touch.
Life on this earth VS. eternity
What if I told you that no physical part of this world and life counts for anything?
You might think, “Wait, what!? I can work really hard to earn lot’s of money, marry well and raise are large, happy family. I can give my money to charity and travel the world helping the disadvantaged. Doesn’t that mean anything? Doesn’t it mean a lot – even?“
In this life, we are approved and disapproved by others based on our physical achievements. But how long will this life last? 60 years? 80 years? 100 years? That’s not something that your doctor can tell you. You don’t have any rights concerning how long you live, and you’re not in control; it’s totally up to your Creator. What about after you die? How long eternity will last?
Will God choose you to join His kingdom?
Does all this sound kind of harsh? Listen to what Jesus said to His disciples who were complaining that His teachings were too difficult:
Does this offend you? Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you – they are full of the Spirit and life.
– John 6:61-63
Jesus has already ascended to heaven – where he was before – and is busy preparing places for those who will join His kingdom. This is one of the two possible places where each soul could spend eternity. Think about it; every single physical body has an invisible soul which will live forever in one of the two following conditions:
- With God in Heaven (this is how God meant for us to spend eternity when he first created us and before we rebelled against Him), or
- Apart from God in Hell (this is God’s rightful way of punishing for us for every act of disobedience against Him)
When determining who is welcomed into God’s kingdom, the only thing that matters is whether a person has put their trust in Jesus for his or her salvation. God won’t consider how much money you have in you bank, or how happy your family is. The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The spiritual world counts; the physical world doesn’t count at all.