Monday, December 10, 2007

When Does Eternity Begin?

For some there is a longing, a crying, a secret wishing to leave this world and be in heaven. For them, eternity is something that happens later. It is not NOW, it is a future hope. It seems like an eternity as they wait to be with Jesus.

What will we take with us from this place of time and space? Not much.

Matt 6:19 (NIV) "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

There is so much drivenness within the Christian world about the need for buildings, programs, doctrines and authority. So much time is spent on the wood, hay and stubble of religion. Will a building make it to heaven? Will our Father be impressed with our system that defines who is in the fold and who is out? Will someone’s pet doctrine find centre place there? Will Sunday sermons be spoken in heaven? Will the people that we love be found there?

If eternity has already begun doesn’t it make sense to fiercely hold onto those things that will last for eternity. The best plans, programs and buildings are nothing but wood, hay and stubble. Why do people feel the need to protect that which cannot last?

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