What if you knew you would live forever? How would this change your actions and behavior today?
Maybe living forever is hard to grasp so for illustration purposes let’s say you knew you would live for 3,000 years and you were born 900 years before Jesus. During your life time you would have seen the rise and fall of the Greek Empire, the Roman Empire with all of its different Caesars, the Middle Ages including all of the Protestant Reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin, the formation of the modern nation states including America, the Civil War, and both World Wars. In addition to this you would still have 90 years before you die – a full lifetime left by today’s definition.
What if you knew you would live forever? How would this change your actions and behavior today? Seriously, think about it.
Crazy thought? Maybe, but I propose to you that this IS how you are supposed to think and live.
Adam and Eve’s original purpose in the Garden of Eden was to “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” Genesis 1:28.
They would only get it if they did not “eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:17.
Adam and Even had no idea as to what dying was. They were living their lives out according to the original purpose and making plans accordingly. They had a LONG TERM view of what they were doing.
Here’s my point, God never took His original purpose for man away. We are to still be fruitful and increase in number subduing the earth. We are all still to spread God’s kingdom wherever we go. I propose to you that we will not be able to do that if we don’t live with a LONG TERM perspective as if we would not die.
Yes, I know that we all will die one day. But if we make all our decisions based on dying in a few decades then nothing will be built and sustained across the generations. We will constantly live with a short term view of life and as a result, our decisions will reflect that mentality.
How would you change your behavior towards your family if you knew you would still be around them 1,500 years from now?
How would you change your ministry if you knew that 700 years in the future – the year 2811 – there would be ministers building on what you are building now and you would be there to see it?
How would you order your time when you are 85 years old knowing you still had hundreds of years left to live?
How would you change your finances if you knew you were to be helping out future family members in 250 years?
How would this change your perspective about what you choose to do with your life? How would this change how you would do it?
After you think about these things I propose that you live that way now.
Are you crazy Craig? Maybe. The truth is that the Kingdom of God will not grow very fast if we continue to make decisions based on our short life spans. In addition, you WILL see all of the things above that I mentioned! You will see them from your perspective in heaven, but you will see them. You will know one day whether your decisions were based on a short-term view or a long term view.
I know we all will die but I challenge you to order and live your life as if you weren’t. You will be glad you did and the generations coming after you will be glad you did too.
How would your life change today if you knew you would never die?