Saturday, September 23, 2017

Preparing for Eternity

While most people feel they have many problems to solve and burdens to carry, we should realize that each day brings us closer to eternity. Far too many are allowing the material and financial problems of life to completely overshadow the supreme thing - salvation and a right relationship to God. Since the supreme quest of life is the salvation of the soul, when one is right with God and standing on His divine promises, he’s able to meet every crisis of life. Please consider Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Thus, according to Jesus, there are only two ways leading from time to eternity, and two places in which men will be forever. The broad way leads to the second death. The narrow way leads to life. The final destiny of every person is determined by his conduct in this life. Jesus said in John 5:28-29, “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth; those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” 

There is no transforming power in the grave. If a man dies a sinner, he’ll be a sinner in the resurrection. Whatever preparation we make for eternity must be done now. Let us diligently prepare ourselves so that we can obtain the eternal reward. Hebrews 5:9 says, “He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him…”

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Matters of True Importance

Most of us at some time, have taken some trivial, unimportant matter and treated it as a matter of utmost importance. The apostle Paul indicated to Timothy that some in the church of his day were doing that very thing. He said in 1 Timothy 6:20-21, “O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge — by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith....” He also said in 2 Timothy 2:23, "But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife."

The Holy Scriptures thoroughly equip us for every good work according to 2 Timothy 3:16-17. We have been given everything that pertains to life and Godliness according to 2 Peter 1:3. We need to give diligence in presenting ourselves approved unto God as is commanded in 2 Timothy 2:15.

We should really be spending our time concerning ourselves with matters of real importance rather than wasting time with things that don't concern our spiritual well-being. We should stop concerning ourselves with various things that don't really matter, and focus on things which are truly important. When all is said and done, the most important thing of all is that we are live our lives in such a way that Jesus will say to us at the judgment day, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord” (Matthew 25:23).