Forever is a long time.
Eternal life, that’s how we say it in the church. We will live forever and ever in the great by-and-by.
Why all this focus on living forever? Is it something we really want?
Arthur C. Clarke, in his book The City and the Stars, tells of the last two cities on Earth. They have diverged into one city where each individual is continually reborn, versus one that still cycles through the pattern of birth and death.
The main character is forced to choose, this city or that, my home or yours. He couldn’t live in both.
We are making that choice right now.
1 John 2:25 tells us:
“And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.”
We will leave this world with its cycle of life and death behind and enter the great by-and-by.
The very act of accepting Christ as our Savior and Lord points us toward forever.
See, in Clarke’s book, the main character could choose to stay in either world.
We don’t have that choice. We will move on. What we receive once we leave this world depends on the choice we make now.
Let’s choose Christ. He is the only choice that makes sense.
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