Sunday, July 27, 2014

The World Beyond This World

Two caterpillars were crawling across a hot sidewalk when a butterfly flew over them. One caterpillar said to the other, "I wouldn't get up there in that thing for a million dollars!" It's hard for a caterpillar to envision its future as a butterfly. It’s also hard for us in this life to envision what life will be like in the next world.

There is a life beyond this life and a world beyond this world, which will last for all eternity. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). After you spend a few brief moments in this world, you’ll then spend the rest of your eternal existence in the afterlife. Yet, everything in this life will determine what happens in the next life. Click on the links to read more about heaven.

1. To go to heaven when you die, you must receive Jesus Christ as your Lord during this life (John 1:12, Rom 10:13). Salvation is a free gift and is offered to all, but it must be received by faith. Those who reject Jesus will spend eternity separated from Him and His kingdom.

2. Heaven will be far better than this world and filled with joy and excitement (Phil. 1:23, Psalm 16:11, Rev. 21:4). “Those who believe in Him will not be disappointed” (1 Peter 2:6).

3. Those who are saved will have assignments in heaven, which will be privileges like eternal hobbies. “And there shall be no more curse…and His servants shall serve Him” (Rev. 22:3). The fact that we will be serving Him forever means He will have assignments for us. Heaven would be "hell" if we had nothing to do forever! After you are saved, your faithfulness with your earthly responsibilities will determine the eternal rewards you will receive and the assignments you will be doing in the next life (Matt. 25:21, 23, 1 Cor. 3:13-15).

Never forget that we are just passing through this place. You only get one shot at living on planet earth, so make it count. “Keep seeking the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Col. 3:1-2).

BIBLE STUDY: Do you understand why we must be judged? Click on this link: “If God forgives our sins, then why do we have to face the judgment?”

Watch this AMAZING VIDEO of a Ian McCormack who died and went to heaven. Ian is a former atheist and is now a pastor in England.

Want to know more about how you can prepare for the next life? Much more information is in my book Making Today Count for Eternity. (Available in paperback and e-book)

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