I’m not what I would call an ‘out and out internet kind of person’. I spend a fair amount of time thereon – but not near as much as many.
Call it a generational thing if you like. I much prefer the face to face fellowship of normal life.
Of course we are somewhat robbed of this at the moment, with Covid-19.
I’m also a contradiction, at least I would be – in some folks estimation if they equate a writer with a reader.
In other words I am not what I consider a ‘well read’ kinda guy, and yet I love to write.
The spiritual – from the age of twenty took over my life. Both experientially, having encountered the Living God – and spiritually/mentally in the study of the Bible.
I have not read a novel in years. I have read quite a bit on art, yet even on this subject I consider my education limited.
I do watch television dramas, and my claim to fame was acting in three school productions – a million years ago. But I’ve been told a million times not to exaggerate.
So (if you like), the bible and art have preoccupied my mental faculties.
I consider my walk with God to be an absolute priority, and of paramount importance.
I have done the maths and the – (although not fully realised yet) – sphere of eternity, I reckon, will last a lot longer than time. 😇
So preparation for the journey into it, cannot possibly be less important than anything else, and indeed therefore, more important than anything else.
The only down side of this approach is that at times I don’t follow completely through on things that effect time, considering them less important.
Many find fame and fortune, position in society, followers, travelling the world, fitness, food – things to do with this time journey we are all on, to be all that life is about.
The held idea that it all ends at the grave, to me totally negates the purpose of being here in the first place.
If this is ‘it’ as they say – then what a waste of time.
God’s plan is to fellowship.
God’s plan was fellowship and companionship with His created beings, created in His image. Sin has blighted the image. Rather like the painter who decides to ‘scribble’ out the image he has created, only to afterwards decide how foolish he has been. And that the image was fine the way it was.
Sin scribbled over us ruining our pure image, changing it to one of ugliness – internally of course.
We were fine until the first man and woman decided to distort the image we reflected by disobeying the superior command of God.
People usually deal with the eternity question, probably in one of the following ways – trying to sum them up – helps us focus.
There is no God – so I can do as I like – eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.
There might be a God – so I will try to be as good as I can but no one is perfect. I won’t think of eternity, or death that takes you there permanently – that’s being morbid.
There is is no eternal – you die – that’s it, game over, so forget about it.
If I don’t do God any harm – I’m hoping He won’t do me any harm. But no I do not have a relationship with Him.
All approaches lack the certainty that Salvation in Christ brings.
So all kinds of things can occupy us in this life. God will occupy us in eternity. So overwhelmingly wonderful will be the full revelation of the creator of all things – that we will fall in adoration before Him, if first we know Him in this life.
I must admit to my unanswered query as to why many spiritual things I experienced in earlier years seem to have diminished in the church.
This is not only an eschatological observation confirmed by scripture, but also an experiential one. Namely the change in the spiritual atmosphere that not only I, but others experience in this season.
All the more reason to hold fast to God’s Word like never before.
We think we understand things, but our faith is being challenged.
Here is our experience and our response: I Peter 1/
7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
Tested by fire. Found to the praise honour and glory of God.
Lord Jesus help us please.