What does 'created for eternity' mean?

Posted by Alan George

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What does it mean when someone says, “We are created for eternity, not for Earth?” I’ve wondered that, too. We often read or hear statements like that and tuck it away without fully understanding what it means.

Here’s what it means to me:

God created everything, including us. Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sinned against Him. This meant we, as humanity, lost our place with God. As a result, everyone born after Adam and Eve was born into sin. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 and 6:23 that all of us have sinned and the consequence of sin is death. Needless to say, we needed to be saved from this situation.

In Acts 4:12 we read, Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

The word salvation is defined as “deliverance from sin or its consequences.” Because the penalty for sin is eternal, only God could pay the penalty and He did that by sending His Son Jesus to die in our place. He paid for the penalty in full! Our next step is believing in Jesus and what He has done for us.

God’s original plan was for us to be with Him - He created us with that in mind. It was sin that separated us. So, we were created with a desire for something greater than ourselves. When we go through life without Him, we end up trying to fill that void with the things of this world. But nothing, including ourselves, can fill the void, except for Jesus.

I explained in one paragraph what salvation means to me, but this doesn't even begin to explain all that I have felt or experienced in my relationship with Christ. How do you explain receiving love and grace when you don’t deserve it? How do you explain what Jesus might have been thinking when He was beaten and His back was ripped to pieces for something He had not done? How does it make you feel when you realize you were on His mind the whole time? I could go on, but it gets uncomfortable.

I pray this will remind you that Jesus had you on His mind today.

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