A survey was conducted among some elderly people. They were asked what they would do differently if they could live their life over. They came up with three consistent responses:
They would risk more.
They would reflect more on the meaning and purpose of life.
They would do more things that would live on after they were dead.
Human beings are strangely consistent in setting the wrong priorities until most of life is taken away. The old rock and roll song reminds us that, “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone!’ As one pastor told me, “I never realized how popular I was in the congregation until after I had left.” There are way too many distractions that keep us from seeking the things that truly matter.
In the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes 3:11 King Solomon writes: 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. Until we get the issue of eternity settled, which incorporates those first two statements of the elderly, life is just one thing after another and then we die! Surely there has to be more! Solomon says that more is the reality of eternity. Once we get settled that death is not the end but merely the doorway to eternity then we can truly live now.
Jesus put it this way in John 17:3, Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. When we know God the Father and God the Son, Jesus, then eternal life has begun. Having been with more than fifty people at the moment of their death I have heard over and over their inner groans and desire to have known Jesus better in this life. As one woman said to me, “In my heart of hearts I knew I needed Jesus but just got too busy with life to give him much time.”
This is your moment not to make such a mistake. Since you have a glimpse at what will be of vital importance when you come to the end of your life, choose today to make those statements your present reality. Most of us don’t succeed because we fail to plan! The most important plan I have come across in the seven decades of my life can be narrowed down to one book of the Bible. That book is the Gospel of John. I like to call it the personal diary of Jesus. It is a mere 21 short chapters but, dramatically under examined and read.
This is your opportunity. I would be most pleased to send you a copy of the Gospel of John containing one question and one challenge for each chapter. I call this the 21- Day Challenge. In the privacy of your own home you can read all 21 chapters and determine for yourself if the ultimate questions of life have answers in the claims of Jesus. In order to get your copy just email firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be pleased to send it to you promptly with no strings attached. You may just discover the answers to the basic questions of life.