Eternity - Where will You Spend it?
Time and tide wait for no man, whether we realize it or not, time is quickly passing. The helpless babe in arms is soon a strapping youth. The young man with life before him is soon a tottering, bent old man. Time rushes on. Your time on earth is limited. Each breath you draw brings you one breath nearer eternity. Each fleeting second, each passing hour brings you that much nearer eternity. Each closing year, each setting sun, each tick of the clock, is shortening your days on earth; and swiftly, silently, but surely, carrying you on — on to eternity and God. The year, the day, the hour, the moment will soon arrive that will close your life on earth, and begin your song in Heaven or your wail in hell. No future hour shall bring you back to earth again, you are there forever — for eternity. A safety sign along the highway reads, “Drive carefully, death is so permanent.” Eternity is permanent.
Today your feet stand on time’s sinking sand and tomorrow the footprints remain but you are gone — where? Into eternity.
Today your hands are busy at work, your eyes are beholding, your mind is thinking, you are planning for the future. Tomorrow all is still — the folded arm, the closed eye remain but you are gone — gone to eternity. Others were once as busy as you, as healthy as you, as thoughtless as you, they are gone — gone into eternity. The merry voice, the painted clown, the talented artist whose presence made the theatre such an attraction, are gone. They are far removed from the region of fiction to that of reality — the reality of eternity. The shrewd merchant whose voice was so familiar to you is hushed, he buys and sells no more — he has entered eternity. And your own turn will shortly come. Ask yourself honestly, “Am I prepared for eternity?” Give your conscience time to answer — listen as it speaks to you today, do not drown its voice lest it speaks to you no more. Let the heaven and hell of the future stand before you in all their reality; one of these must be your eternal dwelling place and today is the time to make your choice. Tomorrow may be too late — one day behind time. Time ends and eternity begins for you at death. Which are you living for? To which are you traveling?
To go from the haunts of sin, immorality and vice to the presence of God and the Lamb — impossible; from the crowd of the condemned and the race for gold and gain to the song of the redeemed and the crown of gold — never. From the dance floor to death, from the disco to judgment. God has said in His Word, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3). Have you been born again? If you have, then an eternity of joy and peace with God awaits you. If you have not, hell and all its horrors await you. Today you are nearer its unquenchable flame than ever before in your life.
Stop! Why will ye die? Turn ye, turn ye, why will ye die? Today God points out to you the cross of Christ, the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ; who suffered, bled and died to provide salvation for everyone who will receive Him as Saviour. “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.” John 1:12 A crown of thorns encircled His brow, the soldier’s spear was thrust into His side. He cried, “It is finished,” John 19:30 — for any hell-bound sinner that will receive Him. “For there is none other Name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
Come to the Lord Jesus Christ and throw the weight of your guilty soul on Him. Just cast your burden of sin on Him and He will save you now. Don’t wait, now is the time to receive the Saviour. “Behold, NOW is the accepted time; behold, NOW is the day of salvation.” II Corinthians 6:2