We make so much of this life, but it comes and goes rather quickly. The Bible tells us, "We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace" (1 Chronicles 29:15). We think far too much of this life and far too little about eternity.
In his book, We Shall See God
, Randy Alcorn writes, "Eternal life means enjoying forever the finest moments on Earth the way they were intended. Since in Heaven we will finally experience life at its best, it would be more accurate to call our present existence the beforelife
rather than to call what follows the afterlife
It is like the previews that are shown at the beginning of a movie. I have often found the previews are better than the actual movies they are promoting. Of course, you don't go to a movie to watch the previews. You go to a movie to watch the film itself.
In many ways, life on earth is like the previews that come and go rather quickly, while the movie is like eternity. That is the main event.
We think so much about this part of our existence, but we don't think much about the eternal part. That is the main event toward which everything is building. Eternity is . . . well, eternal—which means that it goes on and on without end.
One person summed it up this way: "Eternity to the godly is a day that has no sunset. Eternity to the wicked is a night that has no sunrise."
The mere hope of living eternally is not enough; everyone will live eternally. The big question is where we will spend eternity.