Your Place In Eternity

Eternity, by definition it means infinite or without end. For some, it is a very long time, as they think it can still be measured or understood in some possible human way. For others, eternity is to live an eternal life where we are to be with God as Jesus Christ is with Him, and not just ourselves but with each other whom Christ has redeemed. Eternity is where we live in the essence of time as God intended and not simply a progression of years added like candles to a cake in an ever-increasing fire hazard that needs its own permit for burning. The word of God is very clear, just as Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3, we must be born twice if we are to only die once. 

The gift of eternal life comes to those who confess and believe in Jesus (Romans 10:9), who is Himself the resurrection and the life, written in John 11:25~Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die. (NIV) The fact that this life is eternal indicates that it is perpetual life given to those who place their faith in Jesus, and it goes on and on and on, with no end. This week, we want to discuss our place in eternity. As Matthew 19 opens, Jesus teaches us about marriage, divorce, and singleness. He shares that none is better than another, rather we are to live up to the Biblical standards taught in scripture, saying that each is a gift. As we turn our attention to the incidents in the second half of chapter 19, we are provided with an opportunity where Jesus reveals for us, the reader, three requirements for obtaining eternal life. 

Life everlasting is a gift given to us by Jesus who takes our sin to the cross, dying in our stead. Instead of passing over this quickly, I want you to take time today to reflect on your salvation. Ask the Lord to reveal anything that might hinder your growing faith. Confess whatever He shares, placing it under the blood of Jesus, then ask Him to cleanse you from any or all unrighteousness. Make sure to pause and listen with intentionality. He may say something about a relationship or even something you said or may have done. What is crucial is that you respond. After you respond, thank Him for all He has done in your life. If you have time, make some notes on how it is that you came to know the Lord as you prepare to share what the Lord has done in your life.

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