The way we view eternity will affect the way we live in time.
Thought For Today
(Part 6) No. 46
On this day, December 7, 1941 – 75 years ago – an attack was made against the United States by the military forces of the imperial empire of Japan. It was a day declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as “a day that will live in infamy”. In other words, this day, December 7, 1941, in history, will be remembered for all of human time.
By her actions, the then Japanese Empire’s military campaign, made history. Many young American sailors lost their lives on that day on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. They never had the chance to adequately defend themselves. The world afterwards was never the same again. Thus the United States made sure that day would be memorialized in history.
Another example of history being made is the September 11, 2001 attack on the Twin Towers in New York City. That event made history and altered the course of future history yet to be made. It was a highly significant event in time. It greatly removed both the US and the world’s innocence (click on The Loss of Innocence).
The lesson here for all of us is that our behavior, good or bad, beneficial or detrimental, will have an impact on others. So much so that when reviewed, it is historical.
How do you create history – especially beneficial history? Let me further elaborate.
In actually, everything you do is making some sort of history. When you get out of bed, that becomes historical. You can indeed go back later on in the day and look at it as important. Getting up or not getting up out of bed affects the tasks you had to do on that day. Employment, chores, errands, payments, shopping, etc., everything you had to do on that day all has some significance when you actually think about it. But ordinary decisions in life such as these is not the purpose of this post.
Instead, my definition on making history, for the purpose of this post, is doing something a little more extraordinary.
My definition of making history therefore is this:
Doing something in your life that will have significance to you and to others. An activity performed that greatly influences the future history of others and yourself.
Now, if I were to ask you Christians, “What is one of the most important events of history?” Many of you may say, Jesus Christ being born in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago. Many of you will easily recite the significance of that event. Good answer!
God, Himself, came down in the form of a human. He came to be Savior of the world – to save man from his sins. If He had not come to later die on the cross, (history made again) and rise from the dead (yet another history making event), well, the progression of life to death since Adam and Eve would hopelessly never end. But these historical events from God did occur.
And when you decided to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you made history. You may never comprehend it all in this age how history making that decision was until perhaps 10,000 years from now – probably a lot sooner!
When history was made when Christ was born, the world now had (and still has) something to be joyful about. You can be joyful because He is alive for your sake.
In my previous post, The Beat Goes On, I sorta lamented that even after Christ came and left this earth, the cycle of living and dying, the constant deception and pain, etc., continues to go on. Why did I feel that way? Because many Christians throughout the centuries have been waiting for Christ to return. They lived their lives for Christ greatly anticipating His reappearance in their lifetimes, but He still has yet to come.
So, if you were to coldly look at history, you will still see evil being perpetuated everywhere. You will still see people suffering from addiction, disease, ignorance, and death. And sadly, you still will see Christians being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. And the beat still goes on.
Yes, time, it seems, still goes against you and me. All of us are becoming older. Our health, for example, is less and less robust than it used to be. Yes, time marches on.
But, let me repeat, if you are a Christian, you made a decision that changed the course of your life. You made history! You accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. That one decision changed your view of personal history from being temporary to being eternal. You now are living, as the quote above implies, in eternity mode. You greatly believe that your “time” in the next life is basically all that matters. You believe your awareness and consciousness will continue to live on in God’s Kingdom. That is good news!
So, finally, why does it seem Christ is taking so long to return? I have two reasons (You may have more).
1) In 2 Peter 3:8, God has a different time frame than we do:
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
Note this: Many Christians have incorrectly employed this verse as a mathematical key formula to be used for calculating and pinpointing prophetic dates. They see it as an equation:
1 day = 1,000 years
But the concept of this verse is meant only as a comparison between our time frame relative to God’s measure of time. I have more to say about this in the post, In The Midnight Hour.
2) If Christ had returned to earth shortly after ascending into heaven, we today probably would not be in existence! But, think about it, God knew you would be created and placed into this very moment in time. He also knew and chose you before the creation of time to what? Become a Christian – to be in the body of Christ! What for? In order to live in a blissful retirement in heaven forevermore? No, my friend.
We Christians were chosen for this time in history to continue making history for others who have yet to hear and learn about Christ. We are to mentor this world towards God’s way of life – starting now and continuing even after Christ returns! And who knows what other assignments Christ has for us throughout the infinity of time called eternity.
All this is because the Christ came down to earth, as an infant, to grow to manhood, and then save humanity for all time.