We’re all dying from the moment we are born. The difference between us and Jesus is this, He came to this earth knowing His time here was short. He lived with great purpose because He knew how limited His time was. As we celebrated His Resurrection on Easter we learned how to make the most of this life, remembering how short it can be.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26
Do you believe in the eternal? The majority of Americans do yet we spend so little time thinking about eternal things.
In the book Miracle on the River Kwai ther was a powerful seen involving allied soldiers who were captured by the Japanese during the World War II. These Prisoners of War (POW) were forced to work as slaves on a railway through the jungle.
One afternoon, a shovel was missing. The Japanese officer in charge lost his temper. He demanded that the missing shovel be produced, or else. No-one moved. No-one said anything. The officer got out his gun and threatened to kill them all on the spot. It was obvious that he meant what he said.
One prisoner stepped forward. The officer put away his gun, picked up a shovel, and beat the man to death. The soldiers picked up his body, and carried it away.
There was a second tool count where is was found that no shovel was missing. There has been a mistake at the first count.
Why did this man step forward and say he had stolen a shovel then? This innocent man had sacrificed his life to save the prisoners. Jesus did the same thing. He sacrificed His life to save the lives of those enslaved by sin.
Why was Jesus born on this earth? To die. His whole existence was for the purpose of dying for you and me.
He asks us today to die to ourselves and put His kingdom first (Matt 6:33). Why? Because we are all ding from the moment we’re born and only that which is done for God will last.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless, as it would be if there were no resurrection. – 1 Corinthians 15:58
God Bless, Pastor Lon
Dear Jesus, thank you that you have given me assurance of eternal life. Help me today to think about eternity. Help me to live today in such a way that I will draw people closer to you. Give me opportunities to love and serve you by loving and serving others.
Thoughts for Today
- What would you do differently if you were going to face eternity in 30 Days?
- Have you ever thought about the fact that our lives a but a moment compared to eternity?
- Do one thing that has eternity attached to it. i.e. Pray for someone, share Jesus with someone, forgive someone, do a random act of kindness for a stranger, serve God by doing something practical to build His kingdom…etc.
- Write down one thing you did today that will still be important 1,000 years from now.
- Tell me your ideas for eternal actions.