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Knowing Ourselves - April 2018

Taking eternity seriously requires planning for your departure

Knowing Ourselves
Know You Are Eternal – Part 4

Scripture Reading: 1 John 5:10-13

Key Verse: 1 John 5:13

I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.

When someone decides to go on a vacation, they plan and pack for that occasion. However, their planning and packing do not look anything like the planning and packing when someone is going to move to another location for good. When someone is going to move somewhere to stay, it takes some serious thought and dozens of details that will need to be covered.

It feels to me that many people don’t take their departure into eternity very seriously. They don’t do much planning for that departure, they don’t like to even think about it. When I am officiating a funeral, I try to remind the crowd that we all have an appointment with eternity. I pray that my talks register in their minds, but I’m not sure it makes a lot of difference for many of them.

If you could become truly convinced of how short this life is and how long eternity will be, would you be making different choices? Are there some things that you are doing that don’t make sense in the light of our eternal natures? Are you wasting much of your energy, time and money on things of this present existence and not on your eternal existence? It’s hard to keep this truth in mind, isn’t it? We all tend to live for the moment and not plan for our futures. Government statistics tell us very few Americans will be able to retire due to poor planning. That is serious but not close to the seriousness of not planning for eternity!

We are not living in the reality of who we truly are if we do not keep in mind that we were made to live forever! God has another body for you when this present body gives out, and our next one will live forever. Jesus died because you are so valuable; you are going to be around forever. Where will you spend eternity?

Father, I live today, like I’m dying. In Jesus’ Name, amen.