“It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Heb. 9:27).
Where will you spend eternity? Have you asked yourself that question? Do not look away from this question. I am speaking to you. Stop right now and consider eternity. When your heart stops beating, and you stand before the judgment seat of Christ, will it be well with your soul? Are your sins forgiven? Have you been reconciled to God through the person and work of Jesus Christ?
This past week, my grandma had a heart attack and now remains in the palliative care unit. Over the past week, I have watched her health decline significantly. However, amid this dark providence, the Lord has been very kind to us all. I have had the opportunity to lead my grandmother each day closer toward the Celestial City, where her Glorious Redeemer dwells. We have been able to read Scripture, sing, pray, and recall the glorious gospel and the prospect of the Christian’s eternity. We have had many precious moments with her.
As of late, I have been impressed with the shortness of life and the length of eternity. Every one of us stands on the brink of eternity. We are all living on borrowed time. No one knows how much time they have left in that hourglass of life. Shouldn’t that change how we live? At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is whether you lived for Jesus Christ. I suspect that on my deathbed, I will not be wishing that I spent more time playing sports or going on vacation. Rather, I will be wishing that I spent more time in communion and fellowship with the Triune God and with his people. I will wish that I spent more time in prayer and under the ministry of the Word. I will wish that I spent more time making the All-Sufficient Saviour known to a lost and dying world.
Friend, what is robbing you of your time with God and others? I think one of the biggest challenges of our day is our social media usage. It was Tony Reinke who said, “Nothing puts social media and smartphone habits into context like the blunt reality of our mortality. Let it sink in a bit. Feel the brevity of life, and it will make you fully alive.” How true is that? When we are faced with our mortality, we see the vanities of this life. We so easily exchange our time with God, in His Book, for endless scrolls through Facebook. Instead of first talking with God, we so often Tweet to others. Is this exchange worth it? No. If you have come to realize this, how then will you spend your life?
Do you want to make your life count? Friend, invest in eternity! Live for eternity! Oh, that God would impress upon your eyes the reality of Heaven and Hell. Do you understand that there is a coming Day where you will give an account for how you spent your life? The apostle Paul says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Cor. 5:10).
Friend, give your life to knowing Christ. Dive deep into the unfathomable ocean of His glories, found in His Word. Eternity itself will never fully unfold Christ. For all of eternity, you and I, Christian, will be unfolding the endless curtains of His glories. We will never come to an end. Why not begin that journey today? Christian, give your life to the study and meditation of God’s Word. Give yourself to prayer. Give yourself to making much of Christ to a lost and dying world. Time is short and eternity is long. The best use of your time is found in knowing God and making Him known.
If you are not a Christian, do you understand God’s kindness towards you? He has brought you to this blog to call you to repentance (to turn from your sin) and by faith come to God through Jesus Christ. The fact that your heart is still beating right now is God’s grace towards you. Do not put this off. Get right with God today. You stand on the brink of eternity. Where will you spend eternity?
My friend, if you have not come to Jesus Christ, I plead with you to read this short article. It will only take a few minutes. It will be well worth it. This article explains (1) the Character of God, (2) the Problem of Man, and (3) the hope of eternal life. Click the following link to read: What is the Gospel?
With mercy and with judgment
My web of time He wove;
And always dews of sorrow
Were lustered with His love;
I’ll bless the hand that guided,
I’ll bless the heart that planned,
When throned where glory dwelleth
In Immanuel’s land.