Several years ago when I was living and working in Lakeland, FL, I took a non-credit online writing course offered through a community college on “Creative Writing.” One of the assignments, if I remember right, was to write a piece on the color “red” using a variety of descriptions of “red” without actually using the word “red.” I remember coming up with a variety of items that represented “red” and tying them all together to unify the piece, and one of the descriptions I used for “red” was the blood of Jesus. I then added a theme tying in those thoughts at the end of the piece that stated “eternity is only a breath away.” I remember my instructor commented when she read those words that it sent chills up and down her spine. Now I have no idea where she stands on the topic of eternity or whether or not she knows Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord, but I found her comment interesting because I got the impression that it scared her.
Now, mind you, since this was an online writing course, there was no interaction between the instructor and the students other then the students submitting their writing assignments and the instructor commenting on the assignments through a portal on the website, so I was never able to assess what the instructor’s actual thoughts were regarding my unifying theme at the end of that particular piece beyond her initial comment. As much as I love technology, nothing can replace face-to-face communication to get to the heart of the matter when it comes to communicating with people and getting their “real” response (the heart cannot lie regardless of the words one uses as the true heart attitude shows up on the face).
By now, if you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know that I take a decidedly Christian approach to everything concerning life and living. And I do not apologize for that because at the core of Christianity is the only true way to find and have a relationship with God, and that is through His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. All other gods are false. It’s not that they don’t exist, but at the core of all of the other belief systems of this world and the many false gods they represent is a false god known as Satan, who masquerades himself (and stealthily, I might add) as an “angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14).
Of course, most of the world thinks Christians who believe this way are “a few cards short of a full deck.” No matter–that doesn’t change the truth. The Bible makes it very clear in I Cor. 1:26-30 why the world thinks in this way: “Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.”
The point I want to make, and make clearly, dear readers, is that it matters not what you think–it only matters what God thinks. And God has made His thoughts on life and living and dying and eternity crystal clear in the Bible. There is only one way to God, and that way is through His Son, Jesus Christ. It’s as simple as that. No exceptions. None . . . .
For those of you reading who don’t know Jesus Christ personally as your Savior and Lord, please go to my resource page, “Where To Look For Encouragement,” to find out how you can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I have listed some of my favorite ministries on my “Favorite Links” page where you will find a wealth of information on living the Christian life.
But don’t wait . . . . None of us knows when a heart attack, or a car accident, or any of the other instantaneous ways that many people die every day in our world might hit us. There is no “tomorrow,” folks . . . only today. As Hebrews 4:7 clearly states: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”
And remember that for every single person living on our planet, “eternity is only a breath away.” Where will you be spending eternity?
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