Reflect on the title for a few moments. “Eternity is Forever.” These three words SHOULD have a profound impact on your life.
For the ungodly these words will provoke fear, denial, or a mixture of the two, depending upon how honest they are, and how well they have buried the reality of sin, righteous, and the judgment to come of which the Holy Spirit convicts them (John 16:18).
Fear SHOULD be the reality in light of the fact that those who fail to measure up to God’s perfect standard, and also reject the free gift of forgiveness and mercy through Jesus, will spend forever receiving punishment for their sins. Hell will not be a place of parties, but a lake of fire. Having been briefly trapped in a fire, I can tell you that it is not a pleasant place to be. Being trapped in a fire forever should be avoided at all cost.
In fact, as Jesus speaks he offers this advice:
“If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than [having] two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than [having] two eyes, to be cast into hell fire. (Matthew 18:8-9 NKJV)
The reality is that is not our hands, feet, or eyes that cause us to sin. It is the sin which has infected our hearts. Jesus is not calling for dismemberment of our extremities. This will not solve the problem. His statement does make perfectly clear just how serious our sin problem is. We should do anything necessary to avoid the everlasting fire and the associated torment.
We need a new heart! We need a heart that is free of sin. You don’t have to ascend in to heaven to find this new heart. God is wanting to give it to you. God has provided a way to give it to you, a way with which He can be both just, and the justifier of the one who has faith in Christ.
Listen to the simplicity of how to receive the gift of life:
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:8-10 NKJV)
Think back to the title again: “Eternity is Forever.” Reflect on Jesus’ illustration of just how important it is to avoid everlasting fire. You should be willing to do ANYTHING to avoid such a fate! The good news is that freedom from such a fate is a free gift for anyone who is willing to bow before Jesus and confess Him as Lord.
As imperative as it is for the ungodly to face the reality of their peril, these three words are good for all of us to reflect on. “Eternity is Forever.: This really puts the distractions of this life into perspective. The things that we often spend so much time and energy on will soon pass away. How well are you spending the precious days of your life in light of this eternal truth?