I’m going to give a statement, and then pose a question, and I want you to examine each and then consider how you would answer. Here’s the statement: Every person is living by some philosophy of life and in some type of lifestyle. Here’s the question: Are you willing to go into eternity with that philosophy and in that lifestyle?
We could spend a lot of time discussing a great variety of philosophies and lifestyles. We could discuss their origins, their proponents, their opponents, their strengths, their weakness, and dozens of other things. In short, we could, in some ways, emulate those in Athens who “…used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new” (Acts 17:21).
You may remember that Paul, on that occasion, “cut to the chase” and gave them information about God. Before Paul spoke, God was unknown to them. Before Paul spoke, they lived their lives and worshiped in ignorance (Acts 17:23,30).
After Paul spoke, they had a choice to make. We can almost hear the emotion in Paul’s voice as he said, “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom He has appointed; and of this He has given assurance to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30,31).
I don’t think I’m stretching the meaning of Paul’s words very far at all when I suggest that, in some way, he was saying: “You’ve been living by some philosophy and in some lifestyle until now. Are you ready to go into eternity and face the judgment of God that way?”
There were three reactions to Paul’s message. There were those who made fun of it (v. 32). There were those who wanted to hear more and give it some consideration (v. 32). There were those who accepted it (v. 34).
In which group would you have been in? In which group would you have preferred to be in if that was your last day to live?
Again, are you willing to go into eternity believing what you now believe and living like you currently live?