In the history of humans walking on the Earth, not a single one of us has ever lived forever. Let me say it again. We are ALL dying; we are all terminal! Before you label me a ‘Debbie Downer,’ lets think about what ETERNITY means! We sometimes throw the word “forever” around so often that we have undermined its vastness. To say “you’re taking forever,” or “memories last forever” means a really, really, really long time. Eternity is not a word to be taken lightly, and honestly, our time here on Earth is simply a warm-up for forever. I don’t know about you but I have a hard time wrapping my mind around this sense of eternity and how long forever really is.
I love this Francis Chan video clip in which he uses the rope to describe Eternity. It at least gives us a glimpse into something so much greater than the lives we are living here on Earth, separated from our Heavenly Father (2 Corinthians 5:6). The small red portion of the rope indicates the years we are alive here. Some of us live lives riddled with physical or emotional pain, others are experiencing financial or marital struggles. To think that all of this eventually ends when we are ‘at the end of our ropes’ should be a sense of relief whether or not we are living life worry-free. My mind is often blown when I consider that God put a lot of effort creating an Earthly dwelling place for us. To imagine that he has created an eternal dwelling place that will last forever is even more exciting. Consider this:
1 Corinthians 2:9 tells us that “No man has ever seen, heard, or even imagined what wonderful things God has ready for those who love the Lord.”
My brain can’t fathom what God has in store for us after we reach the white part of the rope. But we are promised an eternity consisting of no pain, no sin, no guilt or shame. It’ll be unending fellowship with the God that created us and He will certainly enjoy us forever. One thing that we do know for sure, though, is that the time we spend on this side of eternity is surely in preparation for meeting Jesus face-to-face. As we walk through this world, lets keep in mind that we are investing in eternal relationships with others and storing up treasures in Heaven.
Questions to ponder:
- What relationships are you investing in today that have eternal implications?
- What is one thing you should stop doing today when you consider how short the red section of the rope is?
- What is one thing you should start doing today when you consider how long the white section of the rope is?