When I think about the concept of eternity, it’s difficult for me to understand.
So those people who believe in God will spend forever with Christ after?
life will just keep going, never ending, forever? how?
But I suppose it makes sense that my mind finds it hard to grasp eternal life after death.
All we know on earth is that things always come to an end. Time is short, lives end. Promises get broken, commitments are broken.
As much as we like to make forever promises we do not know forever, we know just right now.
Gone too soon
My biological mother died about four years ago. I remember my dad sat me down along with my uncle and broke the news to me. She had been sick for a while, I thought she was getting better but then she was taken.
That was a death I did not know how to react to. I had lived my first five years in the village with her then I came to live with my parents in Bamenda. As we moved around Cameroon, I remember she came to visit a couple of times here and there and then we moved to the states.
When the news of her death came out, people expected me to be more affected. I didn’t feel anything. How could I grieve for someone I knew of, but didn’t really know?? I think I cried a couple times out of the blue but I couldn’t tell you why I did though. Was I sad? no. Truth to be told I did not know how to grieve for her.
With where I am now, in maturity and in life, I would have loved to have sat down with her and had a conversation. Just to talk about everything. There are many questions I would love to ask her. I pray that I get the chance to and that death wasn’t the end of it.
And then what?
Recently I had the unfortunate event of watching a loved one grieve over a close friend. The pain, disbelief, utter shock, the lamentations, the whirlwind of emotions rotated like a hand on a clock. I sat there not knowing how to react. This death wasn’t as close to me but I felt more pain than I had with my mothers. To know that someone so loved and dear was in fact gone.
I understood the disbelief
Because how could someone who had literally been alive a couple days ago just be dead?
How could it end just like that?
Just like that the person was gone? forever?
Why couldn’t God have saved them?
Why were some people saved and some taken away?
I questioned God with no answer in return.
The good news
But in the midst of it all, I got to thinking about God and his infinite goodness. I comforted my loved one, reminding them of the hope that we have in Christ. Reminding them of the gift of God of eternal life, that because of the faith of their friend, death would not be the end.
I do believe in life after death. I do believe in Heaven and in Hell and each and every one of us when the time comes will either find ourselves in one or the other. Families will be separated, friends, husbands, wives, kids etc.
Death is the penalty for sin. Death was our final destination. It was the end of forever. But God in his goodness and love for us created a sequel. He sent Christ to die on the cross. Christ paid the ultimate price for us, so that in faith through him, we could spend eternity with God.
The only way to heaven is a belief in God. No amount of good works will get you there. It’s your faith.
The great commision
It is so important that we as Christians do what Christ commanded us to do In Matthew 28:18-20. It’s our ultimate purpose on earth.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
“Go and make disciples of all nations”
I don’t know why we are so relaxed on this command when there are so many people out there who are hurting and need to know the love of God. One thing we do know is that life is uncertain, it’s not guaranteed. We need to tell our stories, win souls for Christ, give them a chance to receive the gift of eternal life.
I’m reminding you as a follower of Christ but mostly I am reminding myself of our purpose on this earth. We are not here to fulfill our needs but to do the work of God.
If you love them, save them.
If you don’t love them, save them anyways.