I'll Do it Tomorrow
Did you know that we can never count on tomorrow? Proverbs, the Biblical book of wisdom, says
- "do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth" (Proverbs 27:1).
James takes it one step further, showing the fragility of life:
- "You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away" (James 4:14).
What the Future Holds
Knowing this, I would ask you to seriously consider what the Bible says will happen when your life on earth is over. Remember that when the Bible talks about the future, it does so with great authority and 100% accuracy, for it is the Word of God, the "One Who inhabits eternity" who says
- "I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand'" (Isaiah 46:9,10; 57:15).
The Bible says that at the end of your life on earth, your never-dying spirit and soul will either be "in paradise" (Luke 23:43) or "in torments" (Luke 16:23) for eternity. There are no other choices, and by then it's too late to move from one to the other, because between the two "there is a great gulf fixed," a divide that cannot be crossed (Luke 16:26).
Who Gets to Choose?
So how are our eternal destinies determined? First of all, unless we change our course, we are all destined for an eternity apart from God: "for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Because of our sin, and because of God's absolute holiness, we are all unfit for God's presence. Some have suggested that since God loves us, He should simply forgive us or overlook our sin, allowing us to be with Him in Heaven. But that is not possible, because sin cannot just be overlooked - it must be paid for. In fact, God has declared that "without shedding of blood there is no remission" (Hebrews 9:22).
Remission is a word that means forgiveness or pardon, a complete clearing and removal of all charges of guilt. What God has done is much greater than simply overlooking or even covering over our sins. Because of His great love, He has provided the greatest gift that could ever be offered - complete eternal pardon from the sentence of death and judgment which we so rightly deserve for our disobedience toward Him.
- "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
- As the Son of God, "Jesus came into the world to save sinners" (1 Timothy 1:15).
When He suffered and died for us on the cross of Calvary, God heaped upon Him our sin and guilt:
- "the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:6).
He bore the judgment so we don't have to!
Right here is where you must decide your eternal destiny. You can either carry your burden of sin for all eternity - banished from the presence of God and suffering under His judgment, or you can call upon Jesus to be your Savior, and He will take away your burden and give you eternal life, peace, joy, and more. He says,
- "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). Those are the only choices.
- "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him" (John 3:36).
[Bible quotes are from the New King James version.]