What does a life on earth without Christ entail? It can be different for different people. To some, it is horrible and they make a mess of their life. To several, it is grand and they become “someone” in life and have “all” the world has to offer, except God. To others, they just exist and have no real purpose in life. Life without Christ is different to different people while on this earth, but life without Christ when you leave this world is the same for all, an eternity in a lake of fire. What you do with Christ while you live on this earth determines what your life will be like when you leave this earth. You must believe in Him or you are without Him and will not enter into Heaven. John 3:18 tells us, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Without Christ on earth, we are like sheep without a shepherd. We look for happiness and contentment in things that do not satisfy (relationships, money, fame, etc) In Matthew 9:35-36, Christ saw the multitude and had compassion on them because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Sheep wander aimlessly not knowing what to do and are totally unaware of the danger that is around them.
That was my life. I was walking in circles. My behaviors were self-sabotaging and I was continually making bad decisions. My life was missing something and I just could not get to a place of fulfillment and purpose. What I was missing was God! I am so glad that God saw my faults and still welcomed me with open arms. When I accepted Christ as my Savior, God changed my heart and began the process of renewing my mind with His Word. The changes were hard sometimes, but slowly and surely old cycles and habits were broken. He began to help me make wise decisions. Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.” God has led me from a life of going in circles to a life filled with joy, peace, love, and the compassion to help others.
People look for happiness and security in people, money, and things. The bad thing about that is those things are temporal and can be gone in a matter of minutes along with their happiness. When our happiness is Christ, it will not waiver because He is eternal and unchangeable. There are many people who have millions and billions of dollars and are living the life of “Riley”; yet, when they stand before God after they leave this earth, what good will their money do? Money cannot buy you eternal life. We can see with the economy and other events in the world that even on this earth, it can all be gone in a matter of minutes. Look at what happened in Oklahoma. You just never know when you can lose it all. Let Christ be your happiness, your rock. If you have Christ when the things of this world come and go, you will remain standing and He will walk alongside of you through it all.
Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasurers in heaven, where neither moth or rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
In the next blog, I’ll talk a little more about what will happen if you leave this earth without Christ.