Summary: We forget what the Word tells us about eternal life, and as a result, this amnesia leads to disappointment, dissatisfaction, and sometimes, poor choices
March 10, 2013
An 85 year old couple, married almost 60 years, died in a car crash. They had been in good health the last ten years, mostly because of the wife's interest in a healthier diet. When they reached the pearly gates, St. Peter took them to their mansion, which was decked out with a beautiful kitchen and master bath suite with a Jacuzzi.
As they "oohed and aahed", the man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost. "It's free," Peter replied, “Remember, this is Heaven."
Next they went out back to see the championship golf course that their home backed up to. They would have golfing privileges every day, and each week the course changed to a new one representing the great golf courses on Earth.
The man asked, "What are the green fees?" "This is heaven," St. Peter replied. "You play for free."
Next they went to the clubhouse and saw the lavish buffet lunch with the cuisines of the world laid out. "How much to eat?" asked the man. "Don't you understand yet?" St. Peter asked. "This is heaven. It's free!"
"Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol foods?" the man asked timidly. "That's the best part...you can eat as much as you like, of whatever you like, and you never get fat and you never get sick. This is Heaven."
The man looked at his wife and said, "You and your stupid bran muffins. I could have been here ten years ago!”
Knowing what’s coming, the immediate and ultimate impact of our choices, often affects the choices we make today, and the attitudes we have today about all of life.
As believers in Christ, we know what’s ahead when this life ends – at least in part - because of what God’s Word tells us. Yet, I believe at least some of the time, most of us suffer from what you might call Eternity Amnesia.
We forget what the Word tells us about eternal life, and as a result, this amnesia leads to disappointment, dissatisfaction, and sometimes, poor choices.
We like to know what’s coming. We’re wired to want to have an idea of what lies ahead. Most of us do not like to go blindly into our future, whatever we’re doing. When we go somewhere, we want to know what to expect.
Knowing what’s coming generally changes the way we respond today. It has an impact on the choices we make. It can change our behavior or our attitudes. For example, if we get up in the morning, and we hear on the radio that the weather is going to get colder, we’ll bring along a warmer coat or jacket. We make a different choice about what to wear.
If we’re driving somewhere and hear that there’s an accident or construction, on the road we’re traveling, we may decide to take an alternate route.
If we hear that something is dangerous, we’ll usually try to avoid that activity or product, or at least use it properly.
If we learn that something is good for us, like bran muffins, we’ll often try to add that to our lives somehow.
I couldn’t resist showing you these other warning signs I came across.