Life on earth seems so insignificant and pointless when you look at a life without end, but, when you understand that the brevity of life was created to determine the place where you will spend your eternity, its value and importance becomes of total significance. So many of us are asking all the wrong questions when those questions are not about God and His purpose for our lives. God is the giver of all things; He is the giver of all life; and He is the only one that knows how that life is to be lived. To impress man can, in some ways, seem important; but to anger God is never profitable. To live our short lives here on earth for selfish gain is to really accomplish nothing, and to trade God’s desire for our lives for the desires of this world is total incompetence. I cannot be too harsh when I am trying to open blinded eyes; I cannot be too compassionate when I am trying to convert a lost soul. It can be very frightening when you consider the truth about hell, but men here on earth have converted it to nothing more than a curse word or a place where demons are kept. Eternity is real and should be the most important thing on our minds. When we are sure of our eternal residence, we can spend our time making ready for it. There is nothing else that should take preeminence over us; there is nothing more important than giving our lives to God.
Do I want to die? Not when God has a purpose for me while I am here on this earth. I say that it isn’t about me; but, in one way, it truly is. Would I serve God if there were no real compensations or true rewards? Probably not, I was created under the same condemnation as all other men. I have many of the same hopes and desires, many of the same lusts and passions. While we talk of death, it is not a time for speculation; it is a time to deal with reality. If I did not have the eternal promise of a loving Savior, then I would be as everyone that has not given his or her life to Him. I would be as miserable and hopeless as the rest of the world is without Him. God has given me this knowledge and assurance that in Him I will never die (John 11:26). He has placed the need in my heart to share it with others, with you. The deep love that I have in my heart was not put there of my own doing, God has put it there. When I say that God has given me everything that is good and upright, then it should go without discussion. I do not want to be remembered as only living for myself, as caring for nothing but what I can selfishly gain. I want my primary purpose to be that of living for my Savior because of all that He has done for me. Unless I am willing to do that, I am truly of little or no value. The blessing that I can be to my family and my community is derived by my desire to please God. Being a good example can have immeasurable value in the scope of eternity. Loving and caring for the ones that God has placed in my life truly make me what I am and what I want to be. The very best of life is when you can share the blessings of God with those you love. Living or dying, the emphasis should always be the same; we should strive to please Him. My Own Melody, LLC