How to Prepare for Eternity

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For 35 years, the people of Sydney, Australia, would wake to find the word “eternity” scrawled in yellow chalk on their sidewalks. No one knew the author’s identity until 19 years later.

Arthur Stace, a reformed alcoholic, had been so impacted by one rhetorical question, that he sought to get others thinking about it, too.

Where will you spend eternity?

It’s an important question we each need to ask ourselves. How we answer will have an impact on how we live now.

The psalmist reminds us, “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16). The prophet Isaiah warned Hezekiah, “set your house in order, for you shall die” (2 Kings 20:1).

James 4:14 says that we are, “a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”

Life is short. We cannot take anything with us when we die.

Our days on earth are numbered.

Rather than this being a sobering thought, as Christ followers, it is a joyous one knowing “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

Each day God gives us on earth is another opportunity to glorify and worship Him. We glorify Him through our words and actions, and how we steward our time, money, resources and possessions. 

God calls us to steward all that He has entrusted to us well. 

Estate planning is, perhaps, one of the most important acts of stewardship that we can undertake. 

1 Timothy 5:8 says, “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” And Proverbs 13:22 says it is good to leave an inheritance to your children’s children.

Our stewardship and how we provide for our families have an eternal impact.

Our Set Your House in Order financial discipleship study will help you get your finances in order and enable your possessions to be a blessing to others in the years to come.

It teaches you how to have life insurance and a will in place, as well as organizing your important documents so that someone knows where to locate them—all steps we should take to ensure we have been good stewards. 

How we live matters.

We can use the wealth God has entrusted to us to help build the Kingdom of God and impact the generations to come.

We can use it to share the Gospel and impact others, so they, too, may choose eternal life. 

We can also use it to meet the needs of others.

Our generosity can be a great witness to others of the generosity that Christ has shown us. Jesus’ love for humanity took Him to the cross, where He died, paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and us.

The relationship that Jesus offers us is a gift from God for eternity.

“Where will YOU spend Eternity?”

If you would like to know Christ personally, then receive His free gift of salvation. 

Ask Jesus to be Lord and Savior of your life and to forgive you your sins. God promises that He will give you life and you will dwell with Him in heaven for eternity.

Yours in His Service,

Gwenda Jayawardhana

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