Eternity eludes us, even as a thought.
We toss the word “eternity” around so lightly. You know the kind of thing: “I waited an eternity to see the doctor.” Or, “They kept me on hold for an eternity.”
Not even remotely close, my friend.
Let’s stop for a moment and really think about what eternity means: Infinite time; duration without beginning or end. Forevermore. Ever and always. Never ending. No “last amen,” no swan song, no more “the end.”
Never an end.
Time without end, which actually means time no longer is. Time and eternity will meet, and time will cease to exist. What’s left will be…an infinity.
When Christ returns and takes us home with Him, that’s how long we’ll have to praise the Lord, to lift His name on high, to chat with the saints of old, to visit with our loved ones...to be gloriously, unendingly happy. An ongoing, endless duration of existence during which we’ll never have to say good-bye to someone we love, never be sad, never be lonely, never worry about how to stretch a dollar a hundred ways to Monday.
Oh, yes, Heaven’s going to be a beautiful, amazing, wonderful, endless joy!
But there is a flip side to every coin. Whether we make Heaven or…well, whether we don’t…eternity will be just as long.
Think about it.
Daniel 12:2 (KJV)—And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.