April / May 2018 - Vol. 97
CHALLENGES IN LIVING TOGETHER AS COMMUNITY

 surrender your life to God
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Guided by the Truth of The Imminent Two-Option Eternity
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by Tom Caballes

"For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
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Father time has a 100% success rate all who lived on earth eventually passed away. The question we all face is when we will die, not if. Beyond the veil of the busy-ness of life - assignments, job, bills to pay, etc. that all awaits us is eternity; either eternal life with God or eternal separation from Him. There are no other options. So, to a great degree, what we accomplish or accumulate in this life isnt that important; we will have to give them all up. But how we conduct our lives now will determine which type of eternity we will have. Is the life we live today directed towards the fact of upcoming eternity? Are we preparing well for the inevitable? Are our priorities, our values, and our whole lives directed towards heaven?

So How Do You Live Your Life with The Forthcoming Two-Option Eternity in Mind?

  1. Let God be the center of your life. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. [Matthew 22:37 ESV] Putting God first means you surrender ALL that you have including what you do with your time and money. It also means walking through the narrow road. [See Matthew 7:13-14.] Let Him be your best thought as you rise in the morning and as you lay to sleep at night. Be dead set in reaching heaven. Make God your true security and your highest joy.
  2. Make your life count towards eternity. You can only do so much in a day, a week, a month, or a year or in a lifetime. It is better to be faithful with some commitments rather than try to do everything but live a stressful and unfaithful life. Dont do things that you will regret later. Be purposeful make whatever you do count! Avoid pursuing things that will keep your focus from eternity. Be wise in the way you use your time, talent, energy, and money. Aim to please and glorify God in everything. Do not procrastinate do what you can do today instead of tomorrow. Remember - you only have one short life to live.
  3. Have an eternal perspective as you face difficult situations in life. Do not compromise short-term delight or pleasure for the sake of long-term [as in eternal] happiness. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. [Romans 8:18 ESV]
  4. Aim to grow in holiness as you put up with your sinful nature. It is like you have a stubborn and selfish child in you that needs taming and disciplining. The reality is that at times, you will fail in reaching Gods standards. But the grace of God is there for you to receive the gift of repentance.
  5. Know well that its not only you who will face the two-option eternity but also all your friends, family, neighbor, office mates, and everyone else. Be eager to share the gospel with them so that they can also make the right choice in which eternity they will be going to with God or without Him.
Other Scripture passages:
  1. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. [Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV]
  2. O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! [Psalms 39:4 ESV]
  3. Other references: Psalm 39:1-7; Matthew 7:-13-14; and 1 Peter 1:3-9.
For personal reflection or group sharing
  1. Is your life guided by the truth of imminent two-option eternity? How?
  2. In what ways are you distracted from focusing your life for God?
  3. When you make significant decisions in life or face trials, do you have an eternal perspective?
Tom Caballes is the National Senior Administrator and a National Coordinator of the Lamb of God, a community of the Sword of the Spirit with 7 branches located throughout New Zealand. Tom also leads Kairos New Zealand, an outreach program for high school, university, and post-university aged people. 

Tom and his wife Mhel and their two daughters live in Wellington, New Zealand.

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