I had a dream that I had to preach to a stadium of nonbelievers. I woke up suddenly and thought, “What would I preach about and what would be the title?” I went to church early that day because I had to troubleshoot some sound issues. While in the process, I looked up and saw a saying on the wall. It was there to make a person think about where they were going.
To ask, “Where are you going?” can be a very ambiguous question. Is it where are you in the process of going right now today, where are you going tomorrow, where are you going in the years to come, or where are you going for eternity?
The Bible gives us insight into all of these areas and more importantly coupled with it is “Where is a person’s heart?” Here are some key portions of Scripture that deal with where we are going today, tomorrow, and eternity:
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. (James 4:13-16 NKJV)
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:31-34 NLT)
Then He (Jesus) told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, ‘My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” (Luke 12:16-21 NLT)
“At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’ “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.” (Matthew 25:6-13 NLT)
So don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers. (Proverbs 24:6 NLT)
“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him?” (Luke 14:28, 31 NLT)
So what can we learn from these Scriptures? As far as earth is concerned, we would be very unwise not to plan ahead. It is when we become anxious, not relying on God, or when we become arrogant in our attitude where we go astray.
Where we are going on this earth pales in comparison to where we are going for eternity. Everyone is concerned about where they are going on this earth. But, because of Satan blinding people, very few are concerned with the only destination that really matters and that is, “Where are you going for eternity?”
This brings me back to what I would entitle a sermon to a stadium of unbelievers: “Where are you going for eternity?”
So, to conclude my article, my all important question to you is, “Where are you going for eternity?” Are you traveling through the narrow gate, which is Jesus, and headed along the narrow and difficult path?
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14 NLT)
There are only a few, not because the Lord puts limits on the amount of souls that will make heaven their home, but because of people’s hardness of heart. Don’t be left out like the 5 foolish bridesmaids. May you choose eternal life through Jesus Christ and become one of the few!
Hello, I still have many questions in my mind if I am doing things the right way, and If I am taking the narrow road. I have searched and many places across the internet (cautiously) and found many that I think is the truth (Check Mike Rutkowski YouTube). and I feel like I’m still immature in the spirit. I have read the Bible, the whole new testament, and now currently reading the old testament; though I have read I still don’t know what I am supposed to know, and feel like I am stuck, anxious about my salvation, I still have commit sins here and there (anger, gossip etc.), PLEASE HELP!
Hello Anonymous. Sounds like you need the peace that passes all understanding and the rest Jesus promises. You are relying on your own striving rather than relying totally on Jesus. Jesus would never place those feelings you are feeling upon you. Only the enemy would do that. Just stick to your duty everyday of reading the Word and praying and growth will slowly take place one day at a time. You will not become a Biblical scholar overnight. The best verse and advice I can give you is from Matthew 11:28-30: Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
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