Are you going to live forever?
Being born into the physical world is a death sentence! So, anyway, a moment comes when you DIE!!! Whether you suffer horribly on the way to that moment, or you die peacefully, painlessly in your sleep . . . here’s the weird part: either your soul will go on living SOMEWHERE, or you will totally CEASE BEING an entity of any kind. Why do any of us get so distressed about not being in the world? For the vast majority of Earth’s existence, you were not here. So you already have an idea, what that’s like. Right? I think the problem is that most of us are a little nervous about the possibility of returning to the state of not being again.
Isn’t that ABSOLUTELY PROFOUND? All that you have become, up to the moment of your physical death, is either living on, or totally GONE!!! That curious, wondering mind you have will either be in for an amazing experience, or it will never know which way it turns out after you die. All those things you struggled so hard and so long to learn–what difference will they make? Those diplomas and certificates? They will probably end up hanging in a Cracker Barrel Restaurant someday as decorations. All that love you gave and received, and all those really vital, personal opinions you had–where does all of that go? All those possessions that were either in your way, stored for safe keeping, lost and you never could find them when you needed them, or so very important to you that they rarely left your sight–who do they belong to now? Or did somebody just throw them away or give them to the Goodwill after your funeral?
What do you think will happen the second after YOU die? Will you still BE??? WHERE will you be? In case it has been a while since you’ve been to CHURCH, next Sunday, March 27th, 2016, is EASTER SUNDAY (sorry if you’re reading this after that date, but the good news is that Easter comes once a year and Sunday comes every 7 days). Don’t worry about what PEOPLE may say when they see you showing up after SO LONG AWAY. The truth is, a lot of THEM will be worrying that’s what YOU’RE saying about THEM, because THEY don’t know YOU haven’t been in a long time EITHER.
ONE person at your place of worship is guaranteed to be happy to see you for all the RIGHT reasons: JESUS will not send you any mixed signals. You won’t SEE Him, but if you’re going for HIM, you will FEEL His PRESENCE. Check it out.
Oh, and if you are one of those people who says things like, “I believe in God AND Jesus,” that’s okay. God will be there too. Like Jesus said to his disciple, Philip, when he asked Jesus to show them ‘the Father’ (God) in John 14:8-10, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?”
His point was, if you know Jesus, you already know God. If you know God, you already know Jesus, whether you think you do or not. He died for you. And just before he died, one of the last things Jesus said (as he hung on the cross) to his Father in Heaven, about ALL the people who were responsible for his crucifixion, was this: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke: 23:34 I believe those words apply to every human being ever born regardless of when, where, or how they were born.
You arrived at my BLOG by clicking or typing in my blog address. It would be so nice if we could just click something like that, and it would LITERALLY take us PHYSICALLY to Church or the Mall or the Beach or the Mountains or Heaven. You CLICK GOD by praying, being kind to others, worshipping, sharing with those who have less, reading/studying the Bible to know more about Jesus and His Father in Heaven, and other stuff like that.
Anyway, Easter is coming. Who knows what might happen if you go to Church Sunday? The unpredictable way life is, it COULD be your last chance to go.