You have a choice to make. No matter what anyone tells you is going to happen in the world or what happens after death. Something will happen to you when you die! You are the only person who has the power to decide where you will spend eternity. No one else can make that choice. So let’s look at what you are deciding.
The first thing you need to do is think! That may seem like a stupid statement, but you don’t have to look very far to see that most people don’t think about what their actions will cause them tomorrow, much less what will happen when this life is over. No matter how you think you got your brain, you have one. Use it.
Now that you are using the mind you were given, you will realize that even though the only reality that you know is what is happening to you right now, life will be over in a flash. Just look back at your life. It seems like it has gone by with the speed of light doesnâ€™t it? It will just continue to go by faster as you get older. Before you know it, you will be at the end of your life. Then what?
There are many different options or opinions about how the world and life came into being. You need to pick one. There are not multiple right answers. We either got here by evolution or from a Creator. It could not happen both ways.
If you think about this with all the evidence that is available, you will come to the conclusion that there is a Creator. Donâ€™t agree. Read my post on “Is There a God”. Good, now we are on the same page.
Now that we are in agreement, because I know that you are an intelligent person, we can get down to what the real choice is. The One True God, Creator of the entire Universe and everything in it, gave you the greatest gift in the world. It is the ability to choose where you spend eternity!
Even if you do not want this responsibility, you must choose. Here is something that some people ignore. If you don’t make a choice at all and just choose to ignore it, you are making a choice.
The first option is to live your life in any way you wish on this earth and spend eternity in a place that you do not want to imagine, Hell. To make this choice requires nothing on your part except to indulge your fleshly desires in any way you want to.
Warning: The consequences could come earlier than death. You may be put in jail for indulging your fleshly desires for drugs or stealing something or sexual indulgence in something illegal. This is devastating to the person that only has this life to look forward to. If you spend it in jail or on death row, then you werenâ€™t able to get the enjoyment out of life that you wanted and then when you die, it gets worse, forever.
Another problem with this way of thinking is that you may get sick. Sickness is in this world whether you like it or not. Even children get horrible diseases and spend their whole life in some form of misery. Again, if this life is all you have, that is more than a bummer.
Lastly, you may be thinking “Well, I can live how I want and then if one of these things happens to me, I can always make the choice to not go to Hell at that point.” Sounds like a good plan until you realize that many people don’t get that chance. You may be driving down the road in your car, obeying every traffic rule there is, when out of nowhere, someone who is not paying attention hits your car and you are dead in an instant. Happens all the time.
The second choice is to decide to follow a God who loves every person on this earth enough to send a part of Himself, Jesus, to be tortured and die a bloody death on a cross, so that we can have a chance to live forever in Heaven. Yes we can live for eternity in a place that has no pain, no sorrow, and no death.
How do you make this choice? All you have to do is accept it! This is a foreign concept to most of you, but all you have to do is accept that Jesus died for you and took all of your sins with Him. You cannot earn it. You must accept it. Ask Jesus to forgive your sins and the evil that all of us have done and come into your life and you will live forever in paradise.
You may think it is harder to make this decision, because then you must live in a righteous way and turn away from doing wrong, but there is something that you will not understand until you do it. That is the joy that you will feel in your spirit. You were created to need God. He does not need us, but we need Him and there will be an emptiness in the very center of your soul until you invite Him to fill it.
Doing the right thing, at the lightest it could cause you some inconvenience, at the worst it could cause you to be put to death, but doing what is right will give you a feeling of satisfaction down in the depth of your spirit that you will never get doing anything else. Choosing to follow Jesus does mean that you are to live by a different standard. You are to strive to do what is right and not what your flesh wants to do. Though this may seem like a struggle, it is no more a struggle than following the desires of your flesh and feeling empty and alone for your whole life on earth.
The last thing to remember is that you will spend eternity somewhere after this life. It is much more important how you spend that eternity than what you get to experience on earth.
Your choice is very clear. You will make that choice, whether you want to or not. Where will you choose to spend eternity?