For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Mark 8:36 KJV
Of all the decisions placed before a man prior to his death, none are more important than in whom will he find salvation.
As irony would have it, the decision of where to spend eternity is being taken far too lightly.
The importance a man places on his earthly life should not outweigh that of his eternal one.
For millions of people in poorer nations the afterlife is thought about in a much higher regard. With mortality rates as high as they are believing in an afterlife that is free of pain is a great source of comfort.
For us here in the west with our health care systems and doctors that can do amazing things we don’t think about the afterlife in the same way. We have everything, we don’t need anything, we want it all and then we get it…all.
Perhaps this is why religions flourish in poor countries, with promises of eternal peace and everlasting comfort, religion offers solace.
Religion, specifically Christianity is no longer welcome in this country. We’ve come too far to still be tethered to God. With our advances in technology and medicine we can live a healthy life filled with opulence and pleasure. Needing nothing from God and denying the existence of an eternal soul leads us to believe that after death… there is nothing.
Christian missionaries who have nothing else to give other than the comfort offered them by God, will let the wanderers of deserts know that after this life there is so much more.
Such a stark and blatant contrast the first world is compared to the places we call “third world”
Makes it seem so far away calling it a world, yet less than a days travel by plane would land us in the epicenter of death. Hunger and disease is what kills the children here, mothers mourn the loss of one child knowing full well that her next, is very likely to suffer the same fate.
War and fighting kills many more as tribes clamor for control of the most precious of resources, water.
Men kill other men who are simply trying to feed their children. One can hardly blame the man who kills so that his children can live.
You would think you were watching a movie based on times gone by only to realize that the year is 2016 and still people kill other people because the way of life here is, kill or be killed.
A warrior renders another man’s son dead, with full knowledge that his own son could be next.
Life is fragile in many parts of the world, much more so than here in Canada.
Here at home we place much value in treasures accumulated on earth, and no value on treasures stored up in heaven.
We worry not about what we will eat for dinner, instead we worry about which alcohol we will drink to an excess.
The scraps from our dinner tables would be enough to feed entire families in the deserts of Africa, and yet we toss them aside without a second glance.
The poor have no choice but to await the next life hoping it is as good as they have heard. The rich live their life now as if it were the heavenly paradise the poor dream about.
Jesus mentioned that it would be much harder for the rich to gain access to heaven, possibly due to the lack of need possessed by a rich man. When you need nothing, you rely on no one. When you rely on no one, it is easy to conclude that you need nothing from anyone, even God.
That is not to say that the rich cannot enter heavens gates, it is to say that when a man has placed his trust in no one but himself it will be much harder for him to take a knee, even to God. His arrogance and pride stand in his way.
All will leave this life, if there is a God and I know there is, we will all find ourselves either with Him, or without.
For the millions here in the first world who claim to follow Him, some will learn that it was not Jesus whom they followed, it was the person staring back at them in the mirror whom they worshipped.
For those in the third world whose lives have ended far too soon, they will meet the Comforter and He will wipe away their tears.
Dear reader, place not all value on this life, though it is valuable, it’s days are numbered. And no matter how much power you hold, you have no power in heaven and cannot force your way in.
Store up your treasures in heaven, not with money and status, power and fame. But with compassion for the sick, charity for the needy, food for the hungry and water for the thirsty. For each time you clothe the naked, you store up in heaven a treasure you cannot even fathom.
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 6:20-21 KJV