Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The "Good Life" vs. The "Afterlife" - September 14, 2010

Proverbs 14:16 (New American Standard Bible)
16A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil,
But a fool is arrogant and careless.

Hebrews 9:27-28 (New Century Version)
27 Just as everyone must die once and then be judged, 28 so Christ was offered as a sacrifice one time to take away the sins of many people. And he will come a second time, not to offer himself for sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

2 Corinthians 5:9-10 (New Century Version)
9 Our only goal is to please God whether we live here or there,10 because we must all stand before Christ to be judged. Each of us will receive what we should get—good or bad—for the things we did in the earthly body.

Are you out there trying to live for yourself and getting all you can in this world? Are you focused on just living for today, and not worrying about tomorrow? Are you just interested in grabbing that "brass ring"?

That is probably the goal of most of us at sometime in our lives, especially when we are young. Being young gives us a very narrow perspective about life, and so what, old age is a long time away. We feel invincible and that we really don't have any worries until we do get older. So for now, let's just live the "good life" and have fun while we can. Why worry? We have plenty of time to worry about God and things like that.

Then as we get older, there are many of us that feel the same way as those who are young and immature. Instead of focusing on more serious things, life continues to be all about grabbing all you can get. Accumulating wealth, partying, and having as much fun as time here will allow. Why not? We work hard to make money, why not spend it? God? Who cares, we deserve the "good life"! Live like there is no tomorrow! That's what they tell us isn't it?

Truth is, life is short, and if we waste it pursuing the "good life", we will find ourselves in serious trouble. Our focus needs to be on the "afterlife"; what legacy we set up here that will count for the future, both on earth and in heaven. Everyone has been placed here on earth by God for a purpose. No matter how many may want to deny it, what we do here is very important to how we will spend eternity.

If we waste our lives on what the Bible calls "riotous (foolish,reckless)living", we will find ourselves lacking when we are before God. Make sure you are focused on the right things before God calls you to account for the life he gave you.

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