Friday, 18 August 2017

Eternity Is A Long Time

Proverbs 29:14 The king who judges the poor with truth, His throne will be established forever.

      1 John 2:25 And this is the promise that He Himself made to us: eternal life.
      Through Jesus Christ, we have been given eternal life. We have been made the righteousness of God through the finished work of the cross and the blood of Jesus our risen Lord. 2 Cor. 5:21 God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. Forever is a long time to lick one's wounds inflicted by a personal choice to disregard God's gift of eternal life. 

      This incredible gift of eternal value is for anyone who would receive it. What is worth having today that you would give up eternal life for? What is the tradeoff? Wealth, sex, stuff or a new car, house, vacation? What is worth your eternal soul? Matt. 16:26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? Stop, and think, how long eternity is and to be in it without God and all alone. Eternity is a very long time and hard to comprehend within our limited time structure of existing.
      God gives us space to repent and take what He says to heart. The Lord gives us time to reason and choose the forgiveness God has for us. Isa. 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool. It does not matter what anyone has done, no matter how heinous or odious, God will forgive. 
      God says He gave Jezebel space or room to repent but she would not. Rev. 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Jezebel was responsible for child sacrifice, euthanasia, murder and robbery of lands and stock from her own people and yet God was giving her time and space in her life to repent. God is a king who judges the poor and rich alike with His truth and love. Prov. 29:14 The king who judges the poor with truth, His throne will be established forever. What more can He do for us? The Lord is open-handed toward us and not tight-fisted. He meets us where we are at and lovingly reaches out and asks us if He can save us. Oh gentle Lord, how marvelous are your ways. 
      We have all been given plenty of room and time to repent. God has shown Himself to be merciful and kind. However, there does come a time when we have to make up our mind that we will receive what Christ has done for us. Jesus tells a parable of a man who was accumulating wealth continually but had forgotten that time was slipping away. 
      Luke 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. There is nothing wrong with an investment plan for the future, but not at the cost of your soul and relationship with God. Time had run out for this self-made-man because he was not rich toward the God who gives us eternal life. 
      Eternity is a long time to exist in regret as it literally is forever. God says He put the choice of life and death in front of us. He hopes we choose life because out of His love for us He asks us to choose Him. Deut. 30:19 Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! 
      Our freedom in God to choose where we will spend eternity is an awesome freedom. Don't waste it on a frivolous, temporary, or corroded piece of stuff that will remain here after you die. Choose life as it is eternal. Blessings to you.

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