As my very first blog post, I would like to share with you some thoughts on “Time” and “Eternity”.
Time ticks away mercilessly. We get up in the morning and plan all the things we want to accomplish for the day. But by day’s end we usually find that things did not go as planned. The unexpected happened and time run out. All the things we planned to do did not get done. Yikes!
Tomorrow is another day, right?, there is always tomorrow to catch up with what we did not have time to do today.
BUT! what about moments we can never retrieve?, things we miss doing today, things we may not have a “tomorrow” opportunity to do them, what happens then?Ah yes!!, regrets come flooding in, even guilt and always a restless mind.
Allow me dear reader to share one of my personal regrets.
I did not have time to paint my mother’s nails this particular Saturday when I went to visit her at the nursing home. She wanted to look nice for my step-dad when he came to spend time with her, and so she asked me to paint her finger nails, her hands skinny and bruised from the many needles that had been inserted during her visits at the hospital. She felt unattractive, some nail polish would make it better.
My husband and I were on our way to a work Christmas dinner that afternoon , so I promised to return the next day and do her nails.
I had my priorities wrong, very wrong, I thought I had time you see, but before I returned the next day, my mum went into a coma and a few days after she passed away.
The tomorrow I had promised my mum never came. You and I only have the present to make the right choices, tomorrow is not yet ours and yesterday is already too late.
Time is ticking away dear reader. We begin a new year and before we know it we are celebrating Christmas, really???
In the book of James in the Bible, Chapter 4/14 we read: “YET YOU DO NOT WHAT TOMORROW WLL BRING. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE? FOR YOU ARE A MIST THAT APPEARS FOR A LITTLE TIME AND THEN VANISHES”
Time is ticking away, the only time we have to make the right decisions, the right choices is TODAY. Do not waste your todays, dear one, they are precious, more precious than gold. The decisions that you make today can have a tremendous impact in all your tomorrows and all the way to Eternity.
As time ticks away allow me to expand on Eternity. What is Eternity?, the dictionary on my IPad describes Eternity as “Infinite or unending time”, “Timelessness” and “A state to which time has no application”, in other words, Eternity is forever.
The Bible teaches that we are more than just a human body. It teaches that we are living souls, created by God to live eternally.
Do good people go to Heaven when they die?, If a person dies and truly is a good and righteous person, then he is assured of an eternity in Heaven, There is just one problem though, the Bible makes it quite clear that there are no inherently good people. In Romans 3:10 we read “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO NOT ONE”.
Really?, there are no good people to be found anywhere you ask?, what about so and so, well by human standards we would be able to find many good people.
The problem though, lies in the fact that God does not judge us by human standards. He judges us by His. What exactly are those standards you ask?, they are very simply the 10 Commandments. If a person could live by all the 10 Commandments perfectly throughout his life, then he would indeed be a good person by God’s standards and be assured of an eternity in Heaven.
Dear reader God does not overlook our sin, The Bible teaches that the wages of sin is death. This death is a spiritual death and results in eternal separation from God. Please understand dear reader, that this eternal death is not just missing out on Heaven, it is eternal conscious suffering in a very real place the Bible calls hell. Sin has eternal consequences because it is committed against an eternal God. Once a person enter hell, there are no second chances, no purgatory, that persons fate is eternally and tragically sealed.
The good news.
God does not want you to go to hell. He loves you enough to have provided a Way of escape. His name is Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of the living God. Jesus came to earth as fully God and fully man, and was the only one to have ever lived a perfect sinless life. Jesus then willingly laid down His life for us by dying on a Roman cross. He was crucified to pay the penalty of your sins and mine. He became the offering for our sins and therefore satisfied the demands of God’s justice.
On the third day something AMAZING happened. God raised Jesus from the dead. The bodily resurrection testifies to the deity of Jesus.
Jesus and Jesus alone can secure escape from Hell and an eternity in Heaven.
Time is ticking away.
“NOW IS THE ACCEPTED TIME, TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION”
“TODAY IF YOU HEAR “HIS VOICE DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEART”
Do not waste your today, “SEEK THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND,CALL UPON HIM WHILE HE IS NEAR”
Jesus Christ in the Only way to God. Jesus said: “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME”
What you decide about Jesus dear one, will determine where you will spend Eternity. We are forgiven when we realise we are sinners in need of saving.
Are you ready dear reader, to forsake your sins and surrender completely to The Lord Jesus Christ today ?
Time is ticking away.
Do not wait till tomorrow, you only have TODAY to call on the name of Jesus.
Tomorrow may just be too late. Time is ticking away.