Friday, August 8, 2014

You are going to die

"You should live like you're going to die. Because you are going to die. YOU are going to die."

We're all going to be dead soon. 
I'm not trying to be depressing or dramatic, just honest. 
And the honest truth is that this life, your life, is disappearing in a hurry and it will be no more. Things as they are right now, your daily routine, your relationships, your car and your dreams and your eating habits, will not continue on forever. 
It will all come to an end. 
It will all come to an end. 

I'm amazed at how easy it is for me to become consumed with things that are going to disappear in an instant. 
Gone. Vanished. No more. 

Ever sprayed some air freshener and tried to catch the mist?
Or contain it in a bottle to hold the scent forever? 
Can't do it. 
That puff is here for a quick second, and then gone gone gone. 
That's a lot like how me and you are. 
And not just me and you, but everybody AND every thing on planet earth, all just like some squirts of air freshener. 
We're here for a quick second, and then gone gone gone. 
That's how God put it. (James 4:14)
Making our life aim about creating a great, comfortable, rich, successful life for ourselves here on the earth is sorta like trying to bottle up a squirt of air freshener. 
By the time you get the lid off the bottle, the mist has disappeared.

So what if we could find something that would actually last? 
Something that we could give ourselves to and know that it wouldn't disappear in 50, 60, 70 years? 
Something that we could rely on for longer than our quick stops here on the earth?
Oh! We can!

I have found something that isn't going away and am giving myself fully to it. 
It's not going to slip away. 
It's not going to die. 
It's not going to leave me. 

The "it" I'm referring to is the Kingdom of Heaven. 
The God who made it is eternal and He set His Kingdom up to be eternal. 
It won't fade away. 
Not today, not tomorrow, not 2 billion years from now. 
God is filling the Kingdom of Heaven with Himself, so you could say that the "It" I'm referring to is a "Him" if you'd rather. 
I don't mind either way. 

Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a man who found a treasure in a field, and when he found that treasure, it's worth was so great that the man went and sold everything he owned so that he could buy the field to get the treasure. 
In this super temporary life, if you found something that wasn't temporary, wouldn't you give up anything and everything to get the one thing that would last? 
I would. 

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
-2 Corinthians 4:18

There are so many things we can give our 70 (ish) years to. Lovers, jobs, hobbies, comfort, friends, entertainment, and on and on the list goes. 
All of these very temporary things are fighting very hard to consume you and me. 
And if we let them? 
Then they consume us for all of our quick lives, we die, and our 70 years were wasted. 
Gone gone gone. 
Poof. We're in a coffin and the mist that was our lives has vanished. 

But if we say "no thanks" to the jillion temporary things that are fighting for our attention and our very lives, and give ourselves to the ONE thing (Being) who is forever, then after our 70 years we have a friendship that is only just beginning. 
We're in the warm up stage of eternity and it's only going to get better from here. 

This is the "Do you want Me?" stage that God gives every man.
Man decides if they want Him or not, they die, and God gives them what they want, either His close and beautiful company or separation from His close and beautiful company. 

The ONE who is forever (there's only one) wants to go ahead and get this friendship with you started, wants you to share and tell others of His great forever friendship, and wants to do things with and through you that will matter for all eternity long. 
These 70 years can make an impact that is going to last forever. 
If you'll let Him, this forever Friend will teach you how to become consumed with Him instead of these other soon-to-disappear things. 

He's a forever Friend and you're only going to ever find ONE of those. 

Don't waste your life. 
It's going to be gone soon. 

You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
-James 4:14

“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”