Forgive me but, it seems that all I think about anymore are spiritual/biblical things. Everyone I meet, everywhere I go and everything I do seems to take on a spiritual or biblical connotation. Today while I was walking the dog was no exception.
I believe the Lord’s return is very close. Whether I will see it in my lifetime or not is academic, it is nonetheless close at hand. Humans seem to focus on this vapor of life that is temporary, mortal, fleshly, human and fleeting rather than realizing that this isn’t all there is. Eternity is a long time, much longer than our mortal lives can even fathom or imagine. The passage about gaining the whole world yet losing one’s soul comes to mind.
It’s often been said that an armored car has never followed a funeral procession yet, people want to live like they’re going to take it with them. When we die, fame, fortune, material possessions all go away. You come into this world with nothing and you die with nothing. Everything stays here. The only thing that you take with you is whether you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, nothing else. You are either born-again or you are lost. There is no second try, no do-overs, no mulligans and no second chances once you die. The Bible says that we “die once and then the judgement”.
People live as if this is all there is when the Bible clearly tell us that it isn’t. The end result is that people gain the whole world and yet lose their soul and their eternity. It’s sad when you really think about it. I’d rather suffer here and have an eternity to rejoice and bask in luxury than have it all here and suffer and want in perpetuity.
The Bible talks about a man named Lazarus (different from the man Jesus raised from the dead), who lived without God. Once he had died, he found out that the afterlife was filled with pain and suffering. The Bible says that he asked for a simple drink of water but was denied. The Bible also talks about a great chasm so that he could see the goings on in heaven but wasn’t able to participate. Finally the man asked if he could at least go and warn his brothers so that they didn’t suffer the same fate. The Lord denied his request saying that his brothers had the prophets and preachers. If his brothers wouldn't listen to the prophets and preachers, they wouldn’t listen to him. This is so much like the world today! People are so engrossed in earthly fare that they don’t think about the hereafter, eternity nor God. What’s even worse is that they claim to not have time to read nor study scripture. The result is that they believe the lies of the devil and never read nor study the truth. This goes right along with my saying that people want to be lied to. People don't want the truth, will fight against the truth and will do whatever they can to avoid the truth. This is also the reason that the Bible tells us that “narrow is the way and few who find it”. I have repeatedly told people to read and study it for themselves but, sadly few do. Jesus used a parable to illustrate this point when he was talking about the seed scattered about.
It’s the perfect illustration of the world today versus Christians. People go about their life ignoring God and His followers. Christians try to warn them but, they will not listen. Just like Lazarus and his brothers, they go about life seeking worldly possessions, oblivious as to what is to come in the afterlife. The Bible tells us that narrow is the way and few who find it. Even though the Bible tells us that it’s easier for a Camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for the wealthy to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, they still pursue wealth.
The right house, the right automobile or the right vacation. The right clothes, the right accessories or the right “look”. Costly gym memberships, tanning booths and plastic surgery meant to make the body “look” good. The focus is on doing the “right” things, thinking the “right” thoughts and saying the “right” things so that we’ll be thought of highly by other people rather than God. The end result? Death, loneliness, depression, skin conditions and disease. We’re all going to grow old one day and we’re all going to die. People live as if this is all there is but, what if the Bible is true?