Are You Eternity-minded?

Everywhere we look, there are souls; souls living, souls dying; souls going to Heaven, and souls going to Hell. Heaven and Hell are real places – they are eternal destinations.

If you are saved (meaning, you’ve given your life to Jesus Christ and have eternal life within you right now), the Heaven where God dwells will also be your eternal dwelling place when your sojourn upon the earth concludes.

But those who do not know Jesus and have not given their lives to Him will go to an entirely different place upon this life’s expiration; a place that was never meant nor made to receive the souls of mankind. The truth is it’s not due to being a mean person that a soul ends up in Hell – did you know that? It’s not for evil deeds or thoughts or even for dastardly sins that a soul is eternally lost. Rather, a person is consigned to Hell’s fire for only one thing: their utter rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of the world.

It may seem impossible in this globally-communicative existence to have never heard the name of Jesus the Christ but, even today, it’s still the case in some regions. Though less likely every day, thank God, there are still individuals who are born, live, and die without ever having heard the name of Jesus. So how is it possible, or even fair, you might ask, for someone who’s never heard of God’s plan of salvation through Jesus to wind up in Hell when they die? Great question.

The answer to it lies within the center of “hearing” for every man and woman on earth – our hearts. The truth is, in today’s world, the gospel IS being preached everywhere, even if only for brief periods. The name of Jesus, the cross of Jesus, the blood, gospel, and Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ is everywhere, all at once, right now, today. But in the vast majority of worldly hearts – much like the white noise of fans and dishwashers – His truth is being tuned out by selfish, indifferent, calloused ears (hearts). In many cases – even though by just looking around anyone can discern God’s existence and love for us – His outstretched hand is pushed away, deliberately, in favor of the money-stuffed hands of the world. Men and women are greedy, heady, self-centered, and contentious. While they can see and even understand that God’s plan is better, favoring the temporary pleasures of sin they push Him away; they utterly reject the Son of God. Romans 1:19-20 in the Classic Amplified Bible says it best:

“For that which is known about God is evident to them and made plain in their inner consciousness, because God [Himself] has shown it to them. For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification],…”

The bottom line is the majority of the world’s inhabitants are going to and headed for a dark world of death never meant or planned for them, very much to the heartache of the Lord. Are you one of them? If not, how have you reached out to them to tell them about Jesus and to pray that their hearts truly hear His words of love and eternal life?

Think about it for the sake of your neighbors and (probably a lot of) your friends. Don’t let them live and die without seriously considering their eternal destiny, without once truly being eternity-minded. Witness the love of Jesus the Christ to them today, tomorrow, and at every opportunity you’re given. Ask God to give you more opportunities if you’ve already done so. The more souls we witness to, the more need to hear our witness. Don’t even look at a stranger without the thought of their eternal destiny coming to your mind. It’s what life is really all about. We all must BE eternity-minded, because millions of lives depend upon it.

Pray with me: Merciful God in Heaven, please cause us to be bold in our witness of eternal life found only through faith in Jesus the Christ. Enable us to cross paths with the lost and lead them to be mindful of their own eternal state in relationship to You. Teach us what we will say and empower our mouths to speak words to them that they cannot gainsay nor resist. Make soul winners of us, dear God, in the Lord Jesus’ Mighty Name we pray and thank You. Amen.

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