One of my students asked me once, “Miss Ferrari, how many religions are there in the world?” Before I could turn to him, he eagerly grabbed his device and launched out in search. Not long after, he came back to me saying, “I don’t understand what this means.” He pointed to a statement that popped up at the bottom of the article he was reading. It read – This is an unfinished list that may never be satisfied by the standards of completeness.
I looked at him and said, “Well… it means that the list keeps on growing and people are not satisfied with religion. They are still looking for answers to the meaning of life and the existence of God. What do YOU think it’s all about?” This was the perfect opportunity to share about the love of Christ.
The meaning of life is constantly in the minds of people today. What am I here for? Religions attempt to answer this question simply by pointing to how life should be lived on earth. Many have been left confused and dismissed the question, giving up their search for purpose. They live by the motto: Don’t hold back- you only live once. They give themselves permission to live the NOW with total disregard for any consequences which would result from poor choices or actions. The Bible calls this trend of thought foolish. However, many others continue this personal pursuit of purpose which often leads to the ultimate question: Is there life beyond this life? They wrestle within themselves and a longing awakens to be reconnected with their Creator.
It’s a natural emotion to fear what we don’t know. Though it is true that we are given one life to live on earth, life after death is as real as the next breath you take: eternal life is a transition that awaits us all. Jesus spoke often about eternity; in fact His love for us and His desire to be with us forever was what kept Him nailed to the cross. The Bible says that everybody died in Adam (spiritual death) but everybody comes alive in Christ (spiritual rebirth). If our hope in Christ is only in this life, then Paul says we are to be most pitied (1 Corinthians 15:19-22).
Here is the most exciting news: Jesus is waiting for us! John 14 3: ‘… I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.’ The place is set! A place where death is gone for good, where there will be no more tears and pain no longer exists. God promised to make all things new. Your purpose is to be with Christ eternally. Whatever you do on earth, must lead to it. Only then, you will be complete and whole!
Get yourself ready for heaven going… Don’t put it off. Let nothing or no one move you away from your eternal purpose and wait with patience for the time where God’s rule is absolute.
This a blog post from Marcela Ferrari, the Guest Connect co-ordinator of the POS.