We are constantly aware of time racing past us. Look at the past 10 years of your life and you’ll realise how quickly time has passed. One decade of your life has gone by so swiftly. The statistics of life expectancies shows that the world’s current average life expectancy is 67.2 years, whereas in affluent countries the average life expectancy increases to 82.6 years.
That means, on an average, people have only 6 to 8 decades to live. If you are in your twenties, then you have 4 to 6 decades left, life is too short indeed. If you are in your forties, you have 2 to 4 decades to live, and for most people in their eighties it’s almost time to go.
James compares our lives to that of a vapour, which last for a little while and then disappears. Few people live to be centenarians. Even 100 years of living is still nothing compared to eternity. Whereas you don’t know what your life will be like tomorrow. For what is your life? For you are a vapour, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away (James 4:14 WEB).
In these few decades of our lives, we face hardship, pain, grief, and sorrows of all kind, yet we desire to live forever. If mankind has a choice on aging and death, how many would prefer to get older and how many would really want to die?
We all have this innate desire to live forever, because we were created to live forever. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV).
Eternity is infinite, it is endless, everlasting. It is time that has no beginning or end, it cannot be measured or even comprehended. Eternity is not just infinite time, but infinite in every aspect. Our imaginations are limited to the extent of our knowledge and understanding.
We cannot imagine anything beyond what we know, so when we think of eternity we just keep wondering about it. That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT).
Eternity with Jesus Christ is a life of awesome perfection, something that is so brilliant in beauty and grandeur that we cannot even visualize or comprehend it. God has placed this great, perfect, awesome, abundant, everlasting, eternity into our hearts.
We are hard-wired for eternity and so there is nothing besides eternity that will ever satisfy us. Have you ever wondered why satisfactions never satisfies? You eat the best food, but you still remain hungry. You drink the best wine, but yet you are not satisfied. You look at beauty, but even that fades away. You laugh, but it only last a while, after which you sigh. You visit places, but still keep wandering.
Therefore Solomon concludes, all the hard work that is done to accomplish much and enjoy life, does not really make you complete and satisfied. I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind (Ecclesiastes 1:14 NIV).
Many think they are living when they are actually dying. People misinterpret this desire to live for eternity with this temporal life here on earth and conclude that this is all there is to life. So, instead of focusing on eternal life, they focus on this mortal life and work hard to get comfortable here on earth.
People try to make the best of this short life while it last, making their best efforts to have fun and take pleasure in worldliness, sin and all forms of evil. If we focus on worldliness and its pleasures, we perish, but if our focus is holiness, we will live for eternity. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life (Galatians 6: 8 ESV).
How can anyone attain eternal life? By believing in Jesus Christ, receiving Him as their Lord and Saviour, repenting of their sins and dedicating to live a life obedient to God. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life (John 5:24 ESV).
Do you know where and with whom you are spending your eternity? Is it eternal life with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in heaven or is it eternal death with the devil in hell? Where you spend eternity is based on the choice you make while you are still alive. The choice to believe and accept Jesus as your only Lord and Saviour and be saved, or a choice to reject Him and be condemned forever. I pray that you accept Jesus as your saviour and receive eternal life.