“For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 NLT
Aren't you glad God chose to save you instead of being angry with you? I am. As a believer in Jesus Christ you have been chosen to live with Him forever...Forever. WOW!
Have you thought about eternity lately? Most of us spend our time dwelling on the moment, not thinking much beyond tomorrow. But, eternity...hmmm. Try and compare what might be your life span...80+ years...to all eternity...forevermore.
Why do we spend the vast majority of our time on the present? We invest our resources of time, talents and material blessings mostly on the here and now, not the yet to be.
So, how can we shift our mindset even just a little bit? Check out the last sentence in the passage of scripture: Encourage others and build each other up. What better way to to do that than pointing them to the one who holds their eternity in His hands.
That's an investment in the future worth your time and mine.