Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal.
(Jean Paul Sartre)
Why are you here? I'm not talking about this present moment in which these words have been brought to your attention, but for what purpose do you exist? The answer to this question: To Prepare for Eternity. So how long is eternity? Eternity is forever. So the time we have been given in life is provided so that you and I can prepare for—forever. You are a spiritual being and will exist for as long as God lives. You are what you are today because of the choices you have made. Your choices will decide what you become in this life and will also decide your eternal future and destiny.
There is good and there is bad; there is light and there is darkness; there is truth and there are lies; there is a heaven and there is a hell; and there is choice. Your body can be destroyed, your life can be taken, but you and I will decide our own destiny through the power of choice. We decide our own fate. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not one of us has the privilege of deciding truth. Truth is truth and exists to be discovered by each of us.
Some have made the ultimate choice and invited Christ into their lives. They are not bothered at the thought of judgment, consequence, hell, destiny, accountability or retribution. Others are troubled and experience anxiety attacks when they think about their death and a timeless destiny.
Eternal life and eternal death are decided with one single decision; the decision to receive or reject Christ. The story of our redemption is written in the pages of the Bible. The first four books of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) paints, in eighty-nine chapters, a portrait of God in Christ. Some of you have never taken the time to read this amazing story of how Jesus purchased our salvation with His blood. You have neglected the One who holds your soul in the palm of His hand.
You are here to prepare for eternity. Careers, education, family, recreation and service to others are important but not one of these things will decide what you become in the next life. Choice and faith are what determines fate.