What are you doing tomorrow?
Really… Think through your day. Sleeping in? Going to church? Working? Eating? Watching a game? Perhaps going to your first Christmas party of the season?
86,400 seconds are in a day. Depending on the moments you experience, those seconds are allotted to moments. (e.g. Christmas Day = 86,400 – Reading the Christmas Story 2,000 – Presents 3,600 – Dinner 3,000 = 77,800 seconds remaining!)
Now, approximately 28,000 seconds are spent sleeping (Depending on how long you sleep) So on Christmas day we have 49,800 remaining to spend where we wish!
Each day, we are living seconds that turn into moments, moments that make up the hours, days, and years of our lives. Similar moments are experienced differently. For example, it is taking me many more seconds to write this post than it is for you to read it.
All of these moments come down to one second. That one moment where we are transferred from living in present moments with future moments planned and past moments experienced. Suddenly, eternity has arrived.
Something argued about, speculated on, hoped for, and feared will be experienced by every human being.
For all the moments in life we plan and hope for, I pray that we plan and hope for eternity as well.
“Christianity asserts that every individual human being is going to live for ever, and this must be either true or false. Now there are a good many things which would not be worth bothering about if I were going to live only seventy years, but which I had better bother about very seriously if I am going to live for ever.” -C.S. Lewis
The famed author and thinker is right. If we are going to believe in an after-life, we should greatly “bother about” our lives in light of the eternal life that is only a breath away for each and every one of us.
When was the last time you thought about eternity?
If you were to find the moments of your life abruptly halted and you are standing on the threshold of forever, what do you think about eternity?
Enemies of God would like nothing better than for you to ignore the future, to imagine eternity as a million miles away and something not on your “to-do” list for the rest of the century.
Those who have experienced loss of loved ones, I believe are prone to think of eternity more frequently, but do they think of it with hope and anticipation? Or does it bring uneasiness, fear, and trepidation?
“Satan’s greatest success is in making people think they have plenty of time before they die to consider their eternal welfare.”
I love the illustration of a rope… It is miles-long and keeps going and going, on and on, like the energizer bunny… Then there is a foot-long section; this is your life. All of us are consumed, obsessed even, with the foot long segment. How often do we realize what awaits our journey’s end? And if we do, is there any hope?
In John 14:3, Jesus said that He goes to “prepare a place for us.” Jesus died and rose to pay the price of sin, to free us from the penalty of death, and to give us a glorious and hopeful future.
“Well, there are alternatives.” I was once told this by a friend of mine in college while discussing eternity. He talked of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, soul-sleep, atheism, other religions, etc.