Every day counts for eternity

We are all on a road. Our mothers and fathers started us on this road. No two of us are exactly alike. No two of us will travel exactly the same road. One thing we all have in common is that our roads will never end.

Yes, our physical life ends because it is the temporary part of each of us. The eternal part of us, the spirit or soul, lives on forever.

Actually, there are two roads. The choice of which road we travel is our decision. Jesus explained much about these two roads in His first great sermon. It is recorded in Matthew 5, 6 and 7. In Matthew 7:13 and 14

He said, “Enter God’s kingdom through the narrow gate. The gate is large and the road is wide that leads to death and hell. Many go that way. But the gate is small and the road is narrow that leads to life. Only a few people find it.” (NIRV). All of Matthew 5, 6 and 7 give much of our Lord’s instruction on how to walk that narrow road.

The following few verses tell us how to go through the small gate and get on the narrow road. I John 1:9 tells us that all who repent will receive forgiveness. John 1:12 and 1 John 5:11 and 12 tells us that eternal life is in God’s Son. It also tells us that all who receive His Son have eternal life. In Revelation 3:20 the Lord tells us that He wants to come into our lives. Getting on the narrow road is the free gift of God’s love. Why not be on the road to eternal joy.

Let’s imagine that one million years from now we look back over the last one million years. Suppose we had carefully read the Bible and had asked the Lord to fill and control our lives. Now suppose we had lived our lives centered around doing things our own way? Well, the truth is that most of us who have given our hearts and lives to the Lord live somewhere in between the two scenarios. At the end of each day, week, month, year or career we can look back at both victories and regrets. Am I doing better than I did last year?

There is an old saying, “Look before you leap.” Maybe we should read, think and pray before we talk or act. Maybe we should do the same before we don’t talk or act. Not only does every day count for eternity, but also every word and action or lack of them. Let’s not forget that God loves us and wants to fill us and live through us. Forgiveness and joy can always be present. Both are God’s will for us.

For the 2013 Club, May 26 takes us to I Chronicles 19 and John 10.

Have a joyful day.

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul’s Polar Arena. He is active in civic groups and his local church.

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