John 14:6 ” Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Heaven or Hell – my choice….
Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision. We are traveling by train,
out the windows, we drink in the passing scenes of children waving at a crossing,
cattle grazing on a distant hillside, row upon row of corn and wheat, flatlands and
valleys, mountains and rolling hillsides and city skylines.
But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. On a certain day, we will
pull into the station. Bands will be playing and flags waving.
Once we get there, our dreams will come true and the pieces of our lives will
fit together like a completed jigsaw puzzle.
Restlessly we pace the aisles, damning the minutes – waiting, waiting, waiting
for the station.
“When we reach the station that will be it!” we cry.
“When I’m 18.”
“When I buy a new 450sl Mercedes Benz!”
“When I put the last kid through college.”
“When I have paid off the mortgage!”
“When I get a promotion.”
“When I reach retirement, I shall live happily ever after!”
Sooner or later, we realize there is no station, no one place to arrive. The true joy
of life is the trip. The station is only a dream. It constantly outdistances us.
“Relish the moment for His glory” is a good motto, especially when coupled
with Psalm 118.34: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will
rejoice and be glad in it.”
It isn’t the burdens of today that drive men mad. It is the regrets over yesterday and
the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who rob us of today.
So stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more mountains
for His glory, eat more ice cream, go barefoot more often, swim more rivers,
watch more of His sunsets, laugh more, cry less, tell more people about Jesus.
Life must be lived as we go along and it must be lived to bring the glory to Jesus
if it is to be eternally meaningful.
Most importantly is that we do all of the above to bring glory to Jesus instead
of living for self and do all things by His power and not our own.
The station is then a place to look forward to rather than complain about or fear. Each of
us will reach one of two stations. The choice is up to us.
1 John 5:11-13 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
Rev. 20:14-15 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
So, will you be in the heavenly station, and what is your ticket based on?