Recently I heard about a man who was dying of cancer. He was once young, strong, and healthy. Now his days are marked by pain and suffering. Furthermore, his days are numbered. Of course, they were numbered before he got sick also. It’s just that no one knew what the number was, except for God. Cancer doesn’t catch God by surprise. Nothing catches Him by surprise. He knows all. He sees all. He controls all. But we don’t. So we need reminders of what is truly important.
Life is precious. But life is short. While you might be prone to say that life is short for those who die at 30, but long for those who die at 90; the fact is life is short for everyone. What difference does 30 or 90 make in light of eternity? Since this present world is all we can see with our physical eyes; we wrongly assume that this present world is the most important thing. But this is a tragic error that most people succumb to. In truth it is the unseen spiritual world that matters infinitely more than this present, fleeting existence. The Bible says, “For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.” (Hebrews 13:14) Wise is the man or woman who embraces this truth and lives their earthly life accordingly.
Are you living for the “here and now?” Or are you cognizant that this life is temporal and eternity awaits. The Bible teaches us that all who know and love Jesus Christ will spend eternity with him in glory. Heaven is a place of no pain, sorrow, sickness, or death. A place where we will be in the very presence of Christ for all eternity. But those who reject Christ face a much different fate. Hell is described as a place of “eternal” death, misery, torment, and grief. Jesus described it in graphic terms when he said, “the worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:46)
As painful as this life seems at times; it is nothing compared to what awaits those who die apart from Christ. Likewise, the greatest pleasures of this life are nothing comparted to the infinite joy that those who know Christ will experience in eternity. Are you ready to stand before your maker? This life is fleeting. It will be over before you know it; and almost certainly before you expect it. Live for eternity. Love Jesus. And don’t be afraid to leave this old world behind. It’s temporal. But Heaven and Hell are forever. Plan accordingly.