Where will you spend eternity?
Some people go through life trapped in the vortex of the activities that build up in their lives, mainly to maintain a certain standard of living. Many hardly ever stop to consider their ways and the implication their choices will have on their future. Few people stop to think about their eternity.
Our lives have a beginning and an end on Earth. At some point in history, Jesus will return, just as He promised, and on that day, He will judge humanity—this is what the Bible calls Judgement Day.
But what happens to those who died or will die before Jesus returns? Where do they or will they go? Jesus explained through Lazarus and the rich man’s story that there are two places: Heaven and Hell. Let us see what they look like and what the basis for going to one or the other is:
1. Heaven (Paradise, Abraham’s bosom, being with the Lord) – This is the place where those who put their trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and who confessed with their lips that Jesus is Lord go. That is why they are called Believers—they believed that Jesus’s life was given on their behalf, and trusted in the power of His work.
2. Hell/Sheol (Old Testament) Hades (New Testament) – This is the place that God destined for the Unbelievers—those who did not put their trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
From Lazarus’s story and the rest of the Bible, we also learn that you cannot move from one place to the other; you are either in Heaven or Hell. Moreover, Hell is a place of torment; it is eternal, conscious, lonely, and irreversible (Matthew 13:50, 25:46; Revelation 20:14). On the contrary, Heaven is a place where the glory of God shines and illuminates everyone and everything. His presence is so real and powerful that there is no need for the sun or the moon to shine on it. The glory of the Lord gives light and is God’s dwelling place among His people.
What’s more, in Heaven we will see Him face-to-face! Can you imagine that? There will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain. I cannot wait to rejoice there together with the Lord, my loved ones, and those for whom Jesus died. Who do you want to see in Heaven? Who is that person whose life can have a completely different eternal destiny if you tell them about Jesus’s love for them? I pray that you will trust the Holy Spirit to guide you and help you to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. Who is your One?