The Purpose Driven Life – Day Four

Made to Last Forever

Surely God would not have created such a being as man to exist only for a day!  No, no, man was made for immortality.  Abraham Lincoln

This life is not all there is.  I for one am really glad!  If this life is all there is, then what’s the point?   Think of all the hurt and pain all around us.  We are reminded daily that man is cruel and destructive.  We see images of what mankind is capable.  Yes friends, without the promise of eternity, this world would be a very depressing place.  But it’s not the end! 

This world is full of choices but when your earthly life is over, there are only two choices: heaven or hell.  Where you spend eternity depends solely on your relationship with the creator of eternity.  Pastor Rick puts it best when he writes, “if you learn to love and trust God’s Son, Jesus, you will be invited to spend the rest of eternity with him.  On the other hand, if you reject his love, forgiveness, and salvation, you will spend eternity apart from God forever.”  The creator makes it so simple, yet we try to mess it up.  We say it’s your good works that gets you to heaven.  We say it’s your faith plus baptism or your faith plus church membership that will get you to heaven.  I don’t know why we insist on changing God’s way but we sure have done a major mess up job of it.  God makes it so simple.  Trust Jesus and He will share His eternity with you!

God’s plan includes eternity but that certainly is not the only part of the plan!  God has great plans for your life.  He stands ready to reveal that plan and purpose for you when you are ready to embrace it!  When you live with eternity with God in your future, everything here starts to make sense.  Our purpose here is to bring as many people along with us to God’s eternity.  The problems, difficulties, pain and suffering we bear here makes us able to relate to those around us bearing the same.  Our testimony of God’s provision and protection in the storms of life can and will lead others to a saving faith.  There is purpose in the pain and God never wastes a hurt!

Compared to eternity, our time here is short.  The songwriter said is best, “this world is not my home, I’m just a passing through.”  But in your passing through, make the best of the days God gives you to bring others along with you to your eternal home.

A point to ponder:  There more to life that just here and now.

A verse to remember:  “This world is fading away, along with everything it craves.  But if you do the will of God, you will live forever.” 1 John 2:17 (NLT)

A question to consider:  Since I was made to last forever, what is the one thing I should stop doing and the one thing I should start doing today?  For me, the one thing I should stop doing is looking at my situation with a negative eye.  I am extremely blessed but at times this life sure seems difficult.  Compared to 95% of the world, I am extremely rich and have a blessed life!  The one thing I should start doing is to act like this could be my last day.  We are not guaranteed tomorrow, only today, and we should take care of business like it is our last.

My questions to you are:  Is there a relationship you need to repair?  Is there a person you need to forgive?  Is there a hurt you need to heal?  Today is the day.  Pick up the phone or make a visit for tomorrow may be too late.  Get it done today!

Be encouraged today friends!  Randy

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