Why is it important to think about where you will spend eternity?
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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Copyright: 2000, Number of Programs: 4, Cat. No. LEM
Keywords: Eternal Security, Eternity, Eternal rewards, Heaven, Matthew 16:26, 2 Corinthians 5:10
- Ankerberg: Welcome. Today, I’d like to begin with a question to help introduce the importance of our topic. Which of these two options would you choose if you had the chance? The first option is this: Let’s say that for 24 hours you could be a billionaire. You would be famous. But after 24 hours, you would be thrown into jail and have to stay there for the rest of your life. Or you could choose option number two, which is: For 24 hours, you will be in jail, and you will be penniless. But after 24 hours, you will be freed from jail and know that for the rest of your life, you will be a billionaire and live in a beautiful palace. Now, which of these two options do you think you would choose? Well, obviously, we would all take option number 2. It would be foolish to take the first option as no one would want to be a billionaire for only one day and then spend the rest of their life in jail. But, you know, that’s exactly what many of you are doing right now. Some of you haven’t put your faith in Christ; you are living life the way you want to and you’ve left God out, and you’re forgetting that eternity is coming. In terms of time, our life is far less than a day compared to eternity. Yet you have foolishly chosen to ignore Christ and are living only for this life. Jesus said, “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” [Mark 8:26]
- On the other hand, some of you are Christians. You have put your faith in Christ and you are going to Heaven. But most of the time you are living for yourself and not for Christ. Now, you will not lose Heaven, but according to the Bible, those times you did not live for Christ will result in your losing eternal rewards. Where does the Bible teach this? The Bible says: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” [2Cor. 5:10]