Life is short. The time to prepare for eternity is now. Tomorrow is not promised. We do not know what will happen between now and the next minute. Life can change in an instant. What we consider normal now in our lives can change at any moment. Every day we hear of disasters striking, we hear of accidents happening, we hear of people being diagnosed with various diseases and illnesses, we hear of people who have passed away, some of whom we had seen just moments prior.
Life here on earth is not permanent. We are just passers-by on this earth. No one knows when their day of leaving this earth will come.
No one knows what the next minute of their life holds. It is therefore wise to prepare for eternity. Many people’s plans for the future have come crushing down because of events that have occurred.
Some people have placed their hope on their jobs, then when they lose those jobs their world changes. Some have placed their hope in their power, or fame, or money, then when they lose all that they become disillusioned and many give up in the process. There are others who have placed their hope in their health, in their family, in their family connections, in their country, and such like, only to have everything they ever placed their hope on disappoint them and fail them.
Come now, you that say, today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: whereas you know not what shall be tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. For you ought to say, if the Lord wills, we shall live, and do this, or that. James 4:13-15.
How are you living your life? Is your life spent pursuing money, fame, power, admiration and acceptance from people, climbing up the social or career ladder, accumulating properties, pursuing relationships, following worldly trends, pursuing the world’s definition of beauty, and such like things? Where and what are your priorities?
There is nothing wrong with money and having riches, but if that is your primary motivator, if that is what drives you, then your priorities are misplaced. Things of this world have no eternal significance unless they are done for God’s glory. Only what is done for God lasts forever. Prepare for eternity.
Many people live their lives pursuing money and pleasures of this world, only for them to reach the end of life and regret how they lived their lives.
Many people have no time for God, they spend all their time pursuing everything else except God. Others go as far as claiming that God does not exist, others say they can do whatever they want because it is their life, others do not acknowledge God in any area of their lives.
The Word of God asks, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own life? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his life?” Mark 8:36-37.
What are you trading your soul with? Many people live reckless lives. Many people live their lives as if this world is all there is. Many people have traded eternity with money, fame, power, and many other things of the world that eventually amount to nothing when all is said and done.
Do you know that your soul is invaluable? No money in this world can amount to how valuable a human soul is. That is why the cost paid for the salvation of a human soul was extremely high, a cost that no human being could pay. God gave His only Son to die for our sins, so that through Jesus Christ, who lived a sinless life that none of us could ever live, we might be saved.
For He has made Him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21.
Nothing in this world is more valuable than your soul. Do not trade eternal life with fleeting things of this world, because if you do, you will regret it for eternity.
If we are not living our lives for God, then we have missed the mark. If what we are doing or what we are pursuing is more important to us than God, then we have missed the mark, and when we do so, then that leads to the wide path that ends in eternal damnation. The Word of God tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
But seek you first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33.
When we seek God first, then all else is added unto us. Whatever we need in this life is found in God. If anyone told you that you have to go outside of God to get anything you need, then that person deceived you. In addition, if in order to get something you have to go outside of God, then that thing should not be in your life.
Anything or anyone that requires you to sin in order to get something is not of God. Things acquired in a sinful manner only lead to pain and are not worth it.
The blessing of the Lord, it makes rich, and He adds no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22.
The time to prepare for eternity is now. Do not be like the people who say that they will get saved in the future after they have experienced all the pleasures of the world. You do not know what the future holds. The next minute is not promised. Anything can happen between now and tomorrow.
There are people who were alive yesterday, probably they were even in good health, yet, today they are no more. A wise person lives as if today is their last day. A wise person lives each day prepared. A wise person lives for God. Spend your time pursuing God. Let God be number one in your life. Prepare for eternity.
Never compromise your faith in God because of anything in this world, it is never worth it.
The consequences of compromising are too severe; may none of us learn the hard way. May God help us to live a holy life, to live righteous lives, and pursue peace with all men. May God help us and open our eyes that we may clearly see and not fall into the deceptive systems of this world. Always be alert, remain sober, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, fear God and obey His commandments. Prepare for eternity.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13.
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