PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER DEATH

Our God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscience. He has unlimited power; He is everywhere; He has infinite knowledge. He knew that Lucifer and one-third of the angels would rebel and would have to be expelled from heaven.

Why would Lucifer and the angels, living in paradise, reject God? Probably for the same reason that so many on earth have done. I do not believe God created angels to be robots to automatically worship Him. That wouldn’t be family. They were created with free moral agency. But as so many, their hearts became hard and they had sinful desires. They wanted their independence and to separate themselves from God.

Have you ever wondered why God created the universe, the angels and put Adam and Eve on earth? Scripture does not answer many of these questions but I have always wondered and have let my imagination run wild.

We have learned, through Christ, the characteristics of God. We know that God loves having a family and wants each of us to love Him with all of our heart, mind and soul. Like most parents, we want our children to love us, respect us and be obedient to family rules. If our children show that they love and respect us and are obedient to our principles we will bless them and meet at least their basic needs. However, if they reject us as parents, become disrespectful and totally independent and separate themselves from the family, our tendency would be to leave them alone. As we study the Old Testament, we learn that God would bless the nation of Israel and when they rejected and ignored Him, He would leave them alone, unprotected. There were times when He would discipline them but it was for their own good.

This is what I imagine God doing. He decided to build a huge laboratory called earth. He then would put a man and a woman in the laboratory and allow them to chose whether they wanted to become a part of His family and live with Him forever or if they would choose to make the same choice that Lucifer and his angels made. I believe God wants a family with Him forever that is willing to love and worship Him and be obedient and live according to His will, by choice.

Every one of us has been created to live in God’s laboratory for a period of time before our death. During that time we are given all of the pros and cons of how we are to live. Lucifer, the devil, and his angels show us all of the pleasures of this world and try to get us to accept their way of living. Christ came to show us the reward for living as believers, worshipping and being obedient to God’s will. We are not robots and have the free will to choose to follow the ways of the world or live holy lives striving to live as Christ taught.

God’s love is so great that His desire is that everyone will choose to live with Him forever. But He doesn’t want anyone unwilling to become family. We have a choice: are we willing to live 75 plus years worshipping, loving, respecting and being obedient children or do we find the devil’s way more attractive? What are you willing to do for five million dollars? What are you willing to do for unlimited resources in eternity?

Romans 12:1 – 2 – “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

We are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, we are not to conform to the patterns of this world and we are to be transformed with a new mind. The greater our understanding of what God has done for us, the greater our commitment will be. It seems like Christians who have the most to have forgiven, have the most love and more willing to repent and live a holy life. Every Christian should realize that they are to totally surrendered and be committed. This isn’t asking a lot. We are to have a new life having renounced sin.

Once we have committed our life to Christ, we should not revert back to our former selves. We must be careful what we read and watch. We must not be afraid to challenge the ways of the world. It is important that we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. To be transformed, the Holy Spirit must renew, re-educate and redirect our minds. Keep in mind; it may be a gradual process. We are not to become impatient and frustrated because it doesn’t happen instantly.

Every one of us will be tempted and tested while living in God’s laboratory. We have a life-time to prepare. Which choice will we make? What is more important: instant gratification while we are on earth or our future in eternity? Which direction will you go as you leave the laboratory? What’s a mere 75 plus years compared to forever?

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