Sunday, April 19, 2009

Thinking about eternity

It's an inconceivably long time, isn't it? As a Christian I believe in eternity, and also believe that there are but two choices once our earthly bodies have passed on: Heaven, or Hell. Jesus taught significantly of both, and knew his coming and dying and resurrection were a gift of grace that would grant each of us an eternity in the presence of God should we but believe IN Him. Not believe Him, but IN Him. An important distinction.

I am thinking quite a bit about eternity tonight; it is never a morbid thing with me. We are all
...just that some of us are granted more time than others. Chris Rice is a talented musician who sings often about living in the now but looking always ahead. A favorite song of mine, from his album "Run the Earth, Watch the Sky," is called Nonny Nonny. The whole song is amazing and emotional, but one line keeps popping out at me:

"Something tells me all these years of memories
are only the first sentence of eternity"

Today's sermon was given by our brand-spanking-new associate pastor, and his exhortation was evangelism, and not using excuses in order to not do hard or scary things. "We talk about what we love." he said. "Do we love the Gospel? Do we have a good enough relationship with Christ that we want to tell everyone about it?" (These are not exact quotes, but pretty darn close.) Ouch. No, I am always afraid. This is not an excuse.

Our former senior pastor, who is now on the mission field in Zambia, shared this quote on his Facebook page: "Heaven above is softer blue, earth around is deeper green. Something lives in every hue that Christless eyes have never seen." he did not attribute it, but I think it fits perfectly. 1 John tells us that if we do not love then we do not know God, for God is love. Conversely, if we do not love then we do not know God. If we really truly love our fellow human beings, we want them to hear the good news; we want them to understand the world in a way that makes sense. We don't want them to live in ignorance of their spiritual fate.

This week I will pray for an opportunity to share the gospel, the wisdom to see an open door, and the courage to speak the words we Christians are commanded to share.

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