Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
Technology has come a long way over the past decade. I remember when I was young that we had a party line where two or more residences had the same phone number. You shared phone time. You would pick up your phone only to hear the neighbor talking with someone. This was particularly frustrating in the event of an emergency, or during the dating years.
Now, we have the Smart Phone where we can call, or text, or send pictures to who we want when we want, anywhere in the entire world. We can get information from far away places in seconds by simply scrolling to a web site or clicking on a phone app.
Staying in touch with friends and family is so easy now. When we are not busy, we can download a song or a game to occupy our time. We can go to familiar pictures and find joy as we look at them. We can watch a movie or catch the news whenever we want. I read an article this morning, which reports that many young people are holding off on getting their drivers license in lieu of time spent on their Smart Phones where they can hang out in cyberspace with their friends through the social media.
These electronic devices offer a great deal of comfort to both youth and adult alike. But what if the comfort of our phones is taken away? What if the pictures and sounds of happiness, and contact with others are taken from us? What if the encouraging word of a friend or family member is taken from us?
For those who love nature and find great comfort in the smells, the sounds, and the sights all around, what if those are gone. Do we realize how much joy and comfort we get when we sit beside the still waters and lie down in green pastures? Even the Psalmist said this restores my soul. Hunters and naturalist love to hike and seek out new vistas or, new game. Early fall and chilled winds enhance the smells and sights of nature. The stillness of nature after a heavy snowfall, and the glistening of the ice on the limbs create a cathedral, a place to worship God.
If these are all gone, including friends, family, nature, and God, what will your life be like? Do we understand that the common link between the things mentioned in this letter is love? We love to hang out with our friends, and family. We love to do things that make us happy. We love to experience the beauty of nature. We love to explore new things.
We love to be loved.
So where am I going with this letter? The questions I am asking are intended to awaken our awareness concerning the time when we leave all these things behind. The Bible says heaven is more beautiful than anything we could imagine, and yet the Bible is clear that not all people go to heaven. Since sin, dwells in everyone we cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. We know this is why Jesus Christ came to pay for our sins. It cost him his life. Upon acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, we are forgiven our sins, and promised heaven after death. The beauty of God’s creative hand will be more splendid there, but if we miss heaven, we will suffer eternally in the Lake of Fire. In that place there is isolation and darkness; there is no nature to enjoy, and there is no more reason to pray. If we turn down God’s offer of love in Jesus Christ, we turn down everything. Where God is absent, love, peace, joy, comfort, and beauty is also absent. Jesus Christ not only saves us, he saves so much for us forever. If you appreciate God’s hand in nature, will you appreciate God’s wisdom in his word? If you appreciate the love of friends and family, and fellowship, will you appreciate God’s gift of love even more.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16