The Hereafter

It is hard to get people to think seriously about the hereafter. It is, after all, not here yet and our focus is usually here-and-now. We have grown accustomed in our day to an instant-response mechanism working in real-time with immediate solutions to ancient problems; and anything less is just insufficient. Jesus, however, asked a serious question one time that sets priorities to a different standard: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26). This perspective deserves consideration.

What is the price of life? What is its worth? Our society has diminished it dramatically through social injustice (Isaiah 59:14), abortion (Exodus 21:22-23) and a multitude of devaluing immoralities (Leviticus 20:13, 15). The reason for this is the allure in temporary pleasure instead of appreciating a permanent value that can only be realized later (Hebrews 11:25). God places a premium price on human value having made us in His image (Genesis 1:26) and, in His love, having sacrificed His only begotten Son (John 3:16). Obviously, in God’s eyes, we have significance beyond the glorified cockroach of evolutionary theory that is here today, gone tomorrow and forgotten somewhere in between.

So, where is the Christian’s focus? Do we run a rat-race existence, hoarding up “things,” at the cost of our eternal soul? We must arise to the challenge and rescue a society that is spiraling ever closer to its chaotic demise. We have great opportunity to redirect the focus of the world away from the here-and-now and hone in on eternity. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).