But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you. (2 Corinthians 4:7-12)
I recently received the below forward, its quite interesting. Speaks of the after life and the futility of thinking there is no eternal life. Read closely and you’ll realize a bit more to what this means about God’s existence
This is really familiar to us as Children of God:
In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”
The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”
The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”
The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”
The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”
The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”
Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”
To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”
Use your time wisely for it won’t come back. Every one gets 24 hours fresh everyday. Jesus is eager to see you use that time constructively and efficiently. Honor God in how you use time.
Spend your time doing good to yourself and others. Read the word of God, meditate on it and apply it. Excercise and eat healthy food instead of being on a couch watching T.V eating French fries and fish.
Avoid talking bad and also avoid listening to silly and useless things. Don’t waste time online reading recycled gossip about celebrities, sportstars etc. Instead read about the lives of the prophets, apostles and matyrs. Look out for testimonies about people who turned away from wicked livestyles and now are happy in Jesus Christ.
When travelling by bus, train, aircraft etc pray for the safety and salvation of fellow passengers. You may also listen to soft worship music or religious teaching on your phone or MP3 player when you are travelling.
If you have sufficient free time try to learn a new skill or hobby like painting, calligraphy, fishing, boxing etc. It can be any skill as long as its helps you positively.
There are many books about effective time management as well that you can refer to. I read Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey to improve on my time management skills. Besides this I read the Bible and pray for God’s guidance to use time well. As always the Bible has verses on how to use your time well. (I will write a seperate post on this later) You need to give heed to the principles that God has put into effect for optimum use of time.
Someone said that time management is just self management. Time utilization methods of the world try to focus on working out the present things that can affect your future. You may follow it as long as it doesn’t contradict the Scriptures. We being of the Spirit of God must not just limit our focus on things of the earth, we must think of life eternal in the afterlife.
‘What we do in life echoes in eternity'(from the movie Gladiator, I think?) is quite a profound truth. People who are considered great achievers on earth in sports, business and politics sometimes end up wasting everything at their lives end. Because they fail to hold the Gospel in their hearts. Maybe they rejected it or maybe they didn’t hear the Gospel.
So after they die the Evil One takes them to hell forever even if they sinned just once. Also, those who lived on earth but didn’t trust in Jesus at their final hour are tormented forever and ever in hell. All the good they did is forgotten and amounts to nothing for them. No wonder all those who believe in Christ must pray for those who don’t trust in Jesus as their true Savior. We can’t ignore praying for the salvation of the unsaved millions of the world.
Only if you have Jesus then your afterlife is eternally secure. So in this life I firmly say that living your life genuinely and faithfully for Jesus Christ is the best way to spend your time. I pray that your time in the love and service of our Lord Jesus never ends. Amen.