Are You Thinking Ahead?

For those who do not know Jesus as Savior and Lord, the Bible warns of impending eternal judgment, and informs them, in John 3:36, of the two choices: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” Those are the only options! We can believe and be saved or believe not, and be eternally under the wrath of God! But what of those who truly believe? Are we so “caught up” in the affairs of this life that we give little time to thinking ahead? This world, thank God, is brief; our real home is forever! Are we thinking ahead? Are we ordering our lives with eternity’s values in view? Do we want to, will we, hear Him say, “….Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord (Matthew 25:23). This is why Paul was inspired to urge us, in Colossians 3:2, to Set y(our) affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Let this hymn, “Nothing but Leaves,” by William J. Henry, be a serious challenge to us to think ahead: “Nothing but leaves I’ve gathered, yes, nothing but worthless leaves, when from the field of labor others bring golden sheaves; then in the day of judgment shall I be found with tares, when God rewards the faithful with crowns of shining stars. Nothing but leaves I’ve gathered, so sad, but, alas, ’tis true, what I have done I never, nevermore can undo; past is the harvest season, the summer has come and gone, reaping for future burning the thorns and briars I’ve sown. Nothing but leaves I’ve gathered, dear sinner, oh, hear the cry; swiftly your days are passing, soon you’ll be called to die; what are the seeds you’re sowing? what will you reap at last? Sometime you’ll surely gather sheaves from the seeds you’ve cast. Gathering nothing but leaves, gathering nothing but leaves; spending life’s precious moments gathering nothing but leaves.” Selah! Time squandered can never be reclaimed! Gather fruit now that will be enjoyed forever.    Ron
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