On August 6th, 1930, a man by the name of Arthur Stace was converted to Christianity. He then spent 35 years writing one word with chalk on the footpaths of Sydney, Australia. Do you want to know what that word was? I bet you already guessed it from the title of this post. You were right: the word was ‘eternity.’ The rest of Arthur Stace’s story is pretty cool, and if you want to learn more you can go here.
What does that word even mean? Why was it so important to Arthur Stace that he wanted other people to know about it so badly?
Eternity is the truth that we will spend forever either in heaven or hell. We are not just going to live for however long we are on earth..one year, fifty years, or seventy years…but we will spend forever in either heaven or hell. And as Elliot, from the movie Open Season says, “Forever is a very long time”.
What Arthur Stace wanted to do was to put the question to people of where they would spend eternity. Most people have their lives planned out and have given much thought of where they will live here on earth, what they will do on earth, how they will live on earth… but they tend to skip over the question of eternity.
Probably because it can be a scary question. There can be only two real end results: heaven or hell. But no one wants to even contemplate spending eternity in hell. And so they decide that they don’t want to think about it, or that eternity doesn’t exist, or the hell doesn’t exist. The problem is that the Bible makes it very clear that both eternity and hell do exist for us.
For those of us who are saved, however, the truth of eternity presents such a beautiful, unmatchable hope. We have complete confidence that we will spend eternity in heaven with Jesus! Forever with Jesus, worshipping Him…how wonderful and amazing is that?
We have the hope that, no matter how hard things get here on earth, we will spend eternity with Him! Our purpose and existence is far beyond just a life on earth! This past Sunday, my family and I were listening to a sermon together by Max Lucado, and in it he said something along the lines of this: “If you don’t believe in heaven, I can’t explain anything to you. But if you believe in heaven, everything on earth suddenly makes sense and has an explanation.” (You can find the sermon here.)
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV)
Your sister in Christ,
Hello, my name is Sara! I am also fifteen years old, I am a black-mold fighter, and I like to read, write, act, make jewelry, and have adventures. Most of which tend to be with my family whether it’s a long hike up a mountain or a fun new board game. I also write for Th!nk magazine, a free, online, Christian magazine: mythinkmag.wordpress.com. One of my favorite Scriptures is Psalm 34:5: “Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”