June 28, 2017

An Eternal Dichotomy

2 Corinthians 4:18

2 Corinthians 4:18

The dichotomy between a life lived for the glory of God and a life lived with no thought or concern for God could not have been any more clearly illustrated than it was to me this week. In the past month I have attended the funerals of two men. One, whose purpose and goal in life was to become more like Christ and glorify God through his life. The other lived his life to gratify the deeds of the flesh with no concern whatsoever for the things of God. This is an eternal dichotomy between a person whose trust was in Christ and a person whose trust was not in Christ.

The first man I mentioned was a member of our church; his name was Mr. Roney. Christ was the center of his life. By God’s grace alone, because it cannot be mustered up by man, Mr. Roney lived his life in light of eternity. Mr. Roney had Christ, not in some abstract way, but in the reality of a relationship with him. Now his trust, which was once by faith is now by sight. Even in the sorrow of his death, I know that he is with the Lord and have the hope that he will one day rise again from the dead, and have a body like Christ’s. (Phil. 3:20-21)

The second man of whom I spoke was my Grandfather. My grandfather’s life was characterized by a willful rebellion against God and by the gratification of the deeds of the flesh. He did not live with eternity in mind but rather his own pleasure. As far as we know, my grandfather passed away without Christ. To know Christ as your savior and have a relationship with him is the most important thing we can be concerned with because whether or not we do has eternal implications.

There are only two options for people: you are either in Christ or you are not. You either spend eternity with Christ in glory, or you endure the wrath of God forever and ever. The lives these men lived are in stark contrast, and their deaths show us the consequences of their spiritual states. I would encourage you if you are reading this and you don’t know Christ, seek after him! Pray that he would save you from your sins. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” If you are reading this and you are a Christian, I would encourage you to give your everything for Christ. Don’t live your life serving Christ half-heartedly. He has called us to give up everything and follow him.

Related Books
A Taste of Heaven   The Forever People   Jonathan Edwards on Heaven and Hell   The Secret Key to Heaven

Comments

  1. Amen! Amen and Amen!! Nothing but the truth!! It’ amazing what God reveals to us through the death of others. It’s like when you’re sitting in the rows of a church staring at a casket, that’s when things begin to click concerning eternity. Life is short don’t live without Jesus. Great post Haley!

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