NOTE: In the heat of all the excitement surrounding the release of my debut novella, I want to pause and celebrate God’s faithfulness over the past two years. This day in 2015, I published the oldest post on this blog. This post here is a makeover of the original piece; retitled, edited and filled with new links. God is faithful and His truths of two years ago are just as true today.
What causes a successful businessman to feel restless? What makes a suicidal teen reconsider taking her life?
We were created by a God whom we can’t see, but who is very real, active and at work in this world. Inside each of our visible, physical bodies is an invisible, eternal soul that was designed 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?
“Wait, what!? If I work really hard, earn a good living, marry well and raise a happy family, if I donate to charity and travel the world helping the disadvantaged, doesn’t that mean anything? Doesn’t it even mean… a lot?“
In this life, we are approved and disapproved by others based on our physical achievements. But how long will this life last?
That’s not something that your doctor can guarantee you. You don’t have any rights attached to the length of your life. You have some control over it, but ultimately, it’s up to your Creator. Though we may not understand it, He is completely justified to end your time on this earth – or mine – whenever it so pleases Him.
What about after you die? How long eternity will last?
Will God choose you to join His kingdom?
Does all this sound harsh? Listen to what Jesus said to his listeners who complained 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 will spend eternity.Think about it;
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 intended 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, one factor that into play: whether or not the individual knows and has trusted in Jesus to save them. God won’t consider how much money you have in the 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.
Where will you spend eternity?
Resources for deeper digging
Psst! For more on:
- The apostle Paul’s teaching on how hope ties in, check out Romans 8:23-25.
- what we can’t see, discover the hidden secrets of this creative blog post.