Adjusting A Time-Bound Mindset

Someone asks: “How do you handle life?” A possible response might be: “I take each day, one day at a time, but I do plan for the future.” This isn’t bad advice, except for one thing. It usually has in mind this life only. We give ourselves mostly over to living our lifetime, with only passing thoughts about Heaven or Hell. This is a dangerous mindset! We are never farther away from Heaven or Hell than the next heartbeat! We may live years or die in the next breath. Why, then, do we major on this life and give little time or thought to our eternal existence? Our life is like a parenthesis in eternal life, in which we are to receive or reject the offer of rescue from “….the wrath to come..” (From Matthew 3:7). So…. why do we focus on this life when we should settle our eternal destiny? Nothing in this brief time on earth is as important as making sure where we are headed to in the afterlife! Now, if you have received Jesus as Lord and Savior, you need to order your life by His guidance and principles and focus on winning His approval, on hearing His: “.….Well done.!” (From Matthew 25:21). It will take a disciplined determination to minor on this life and major on the hereafter. However, when our moment comes to exit “time” and enter “eternity,” blessing or unbelievable regret will be ours, depending on the choice we make here. Use this life to receive salvation in Jesus and you’ll rejoice forever. Reject Him and you have no one to blame but yourself for the consequences of your rejection. In “God’s Final Call,” John W. Peterson makes the issue very clear and makes a fervent plea: “Someday you’ll hear God’s final call to you to take His offer of salvation true — this could be it, my friend, if you but knew: God’s final call, God’s final call. How can you live another day in sin, thinking someday with Christ you will begin? O will you hear, above the world’s loud din, God’s final call, God’s final call? If you reject God’s final call of grace, you’ll have no chance your footsteps to retrace — all hope will then be gone, and doom you’ll face: O hear His call! O hear His call!” Selah! If you have received Jesus, walk closely with Him and be abundantly blessed, now and forever. If you haven’t, hear these words of Jesus in Matthew 16:26: “For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”    Ron

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