In the world but not of it

May 12, 2010

Eternal resident…

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I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Revelation 21:22, 27

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that from April 2000 to July 2008 over 20,000,000 people died in the United States. This is data just for those they know about so the likelihood that the number is higher is in fact “likely”…

That number is approximately equal to the total population of countries like Australia, Taiwan, Romania, and North Korea. It is twice the size of the total population of countries like Cuba, Greece, Portugal, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and many others…

In the last eight years just in the U.S. with the data we know about at least 20,000,000 million people entered eternity. On a global scale it is estimated that over 58,000,000 people die each year, which is approximately 159,000 each day.

We tend to think about ourselves and our own small circle, so to consider these numbers is to realize how staggering the reality is when it comes to where people will spend eternity. It is even more compelling when we realize that most of these people rejected the Lord at one time in their life or lived a life motivated by good works rather than commitment to Christ and an acceptance of the work He did.

Each year over 1,000,000 attempt to immigrate to the U.S. and then seek to gain permanent resident status. They desire a better life, a new start and the right to be called citizens. The application process is lengthy, takes an investment of time and money but in the end each person will tell it was worth every step and inconvenience just to be able to hold that certificate of citizenship and obtain a U.S. passport.

To have accepted Christ and to walk with Him means that my name and yours is registered in His Book of Life. The process is done, our names have been registered, we are accepted and one day our eternal passport will be stamped for permanent resident status…

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