Teaching Session: Life After Life by Pastor Tola Seedy @GospelAffairsNg
Texts: John 3:16, Luke 16:19-31
Do you know someone who is no longer alive? Young or old? Male or female? Close to you or just known to you? Do you sometimes wonder where they are now? If you’ll ever see them again? Do you hear all this talk about eternal life and wonder they’re talking about? Cool! Let’s get into it.
The question about eternity is closely related to the existence of God Himself. Where is He and how long has He been there? We may ask about ourselves to; where have we come from? Where are we going? And for how long? What is the place like? When are we going there?
Here are some truths you must know:
- Eternity is real: we’ve heard a lot from science and new age knowledge but as long as they cannot prove where we have come from, they cannot prove where we are going to! We came from God and we will return to Him (John 14:3, 16:28). There is a life outside of this place; a place of bliss, or a place of torment. And our sojourn here will determine how we end up there.
- Both the rich and the poor die and spend the rest of their existence in eternity. As we saw in the Bible text, one of them went for the good part of eternity, while the other went to the bad part. Apparently, the bad part is very bad!
- The rich man did not go to hell because he was rich! He went there because he ‘chopped alone’; he was unkind and didn’t please God. Remember, Lazarus (the poor man) was resting on Abraham’s bosom and Abraham was a very rich man. Lazarus also didn’t go to heaven because he was poor; he was in heaven because God was pleased with him.
- Your actions are being recorded! Abraham accurately told the rich man the things he did on earth and what Lazarus did. This is where salvation makes sense! Accepting God makes you wipe the slate clean so your records are fresh. Let’s paint a scenario in which you are applying for a visa… The embassy wants to know the kind of record you have in your country, so as to determine if they want you in their country. They ask for relatives, bank statements, place of work etc. to determine if you will bring value to their country… If you have a criminal record, they will never want you in their country, but if you have a presidential pardon, it means you were never a criminal! This is what salvation means.
- This eternity talk concerns you! The rich man –despite his suffering- begged to send a message to his people at home (regardless of their ages). Truth is, the world can end at any time (because it’s only eternity that won’t end) and you’ll have to find out where you spend your eternity.
- People recognize people there! The rich man remembered Lazarus, remembered he was poor and remembered he had siblings…
- Hell is BAD! For someone to desire just a drop of water and not get it! For a place to be so hot that a drop of water can make a difference?! Bad place it is.
Actually, I really don’t want to talk about the bad part of eternity; I want to talk about the beautiful part, the ‘utopia’. A perfect world, with a perfect life. A world that knows no sickness, no pain, no hurt, no deceit, and no tears… …an endless world that knows no death. It’s good to prepare for eternity and to attempt to create that kind of world from now.
We must remember that we came from eternity into time for a purpose; after which we will go back into eternity. The prayer is for us to get back to the same part of eternity we came from
Eternity is the ultimate destination for everyone. It is the point we transit to when we leave this planet (either through death or rapture). The place where our condition becomes permanent! …and where we receive rewards for everything we have done with what we have received here
There are three major things that will determine where our eternity lies (my theory). We need to make good use of our
Let’s talk about TIME first:
Time is a useful but dangerous resource. We all have the same amount of it in a day (86,400 seconds, 1440 minutes, and 24 hours).
Come to think of it, time is the opposite of eternity! It is the measurable part and sequence of experiences; created to help us with decision making (Ephesians 5:16).
Eternity will question how you spent the measurable part of your existence, who benefited from it and how it added up to your ultimate purpose.
Yes! The purpose is the ultimate measure of time (Ecclesiastes 3:1); there is a reason time is measured, and it’s because there is an activity tied around it. Time without purpose is irrelevant and purpose without timing will lead to frustration.
Please remember that time will end, and eternity will ask how it was used.
Now, let’s talk TREASURES:
Treasures are the unique gifts that God has given to you.
For the rich man in Luke 16, his major treasure was his wealth and he was appraised based on what he did with it. Your treasure can be your talent, your money, your looks, your connections and so on…
The truth is that everyone has a treasure and will account for what was done with it. Your treasure is ultimately for the fulfillment of your purpose (Isaiah 61:1) …and everyone will have to answer for how it was used (like the parable of talents – Matthew 25:14-30).
Now, here’s the thing about treasures; they are for investment both here and for eternity; the good servants in Matthew 25 invested their talents because talents are for a purpose and must yield fruit.
Jesus admonished us to invest our treasures in a low-risk place (Heaven), unlike the earth that is risk-prone and dangerous.
Please pay attention to how you use those things that are precious to you, they are precious to God too
Let’s now talk about the third ‘T’
‘Taste’ talks about our choices and preferences.
The word ‘choice’ is only relevant in the face of options; if there are no options, then you have no choice! God will never ask you to give an account of the things you did when you had NO choice. One big gift God gave us is the gift of freedom to make our choices (the forbidden fruit story is an example) as long as we’re willing to face the effects of those choices.
Has anyone ever wondered why God left the tree of the knowledge of good and evil right in the garden instead of removing it so man would not sin? Well, He wanted (and always wants) man to obey Him out of His own free will (Joshua 24:15) Our eternity will never be based on what we have no choice in (like breathing and other reflex actions) but on our decisions (Revelations 3:20)
You will choose whether to accept Jesus, you will choose whether to live right, you will choose whether to be a blessing, you will choose how you want to be remembered but once you cross into eternity, you cannot choose anymore! Watch your taste in friends, habits, hobbies, words… because life is a matter of choices.
Every time you are about to make a decision, please remember that those decisions have far-reaching consequences
May our three ‘Ts’ lead us to the right side of eternity
I rest my case here.
Question: Pls Pastor, You said “God will never ask you to give an account of the things you did when you had NO choice” Can we be clear on this?? What kind of choice are we talking about here? Is it like picking a spouse or a job and so on.
Pastor Tola Seedy: Involuntary actions majorly…Those are matters of choice. Actually, most of the affairs of this world are matters of choice. Please read Hebrews 5:14, it helps me when I want to make decisions.
Question: How do we invest our treasure in a low-risk place (Heaven) seeing that we are on earth?
Pastor Tola Seedy: I think that’s quite straight-forward; remain God-conscious when you want to use your treasures
I trust God that tonight’s talk will land us in ‘Utopia’ and that we will even begin to enjoy that perfect life even from now.