Wash your hands and say your prayers, cause’ Jesus and germs are everywhere.
I was at my son’s home earlier this week and he has the above statement framed in their kitchen. I’ve read it many times before and could just hear my mother giving us kids those instructions.
As I thought on the slogan and its meaning, I began thinking about the basic things that we do that regulate our lives in this world. I thought about how things are in a constant state of decay. Food will spoil when left out; metals will rust; soil will erode; everything living dies; wood rots; and everything ages. These are all forms of decay. The Bible states that “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35,Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33) That is when I noticed the one thing in this world that was constant, was the Scriptures. Even though change is the order for this world that we presently live in, it will not be so in eternity.
In Eternity there is no decay or spoilage. This lead me to several thoughts on what will it be like after this life. In these three verses we catch a glimpse of eternity. The concept of an eternal existence means that there is no change. Nothing ages, or rusts, or spoils, or dies, or rots or ages. These changes that we collectively call decay are nonexistent in eternity. That would also include changes of growth, maturing, transformation and learning. What you are and have become when you die, is what you will remain when you enter eternity. There is no second chance or purgatory as it is decided in this world by the choices that we make.
God never designed a place to send the people who reject him. Hell or the Lake of Fire is the place that was prepared for the devil, his fallen angles, the beast, and the false prophet. It is where those not found in the book of life go because they have rejected what God had prepared for them and there was no other place to go. God doesn’t send us to hell, rather we are making that choice ourselves by our choosing to follow Christ or to rejecting Him. That choice is made now while we are in the place where change is possible. If we go to Hell, it is because we chose to reject God’s will to transform us into His image, likeness and dominion.