Hebrews 12:28: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”

Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Volcano explosions, Meteorite impact – our planet has seen it all. The history of planet Earth is a history of evolution. As much as we like to take root and cling to life on Earth as we know it, we’re destined to grow wings and fly to a kingdom that is unshakable.

God is eternal; so are His children.

We live in a temporary setting in a temporary body housing an eternal soul. If you are comfortable with that, you are my champion. However, most people I know, myself included, don’t like to live on the brink of change.

Here is where faith comes in. Take marriage for instance: We believe we made the right choice when we married our spouse, so we promise to be faithful to this spouse we’ve selected. Our marriage vows say “for better or worse, in good times and bad”. Years go by, and our marriage develops from a young shoot into a matured tree. In a temporary setting within our temporary bodies we have grown old together. Faith connects and faithfulness produces roots and new young shoots. There are families out there that once grew into a village; the village became a tribe, and eventually the tribe turned into a nation.

Legacies aside, your very own soul is not destined to live on in your children and children’s children; your soul is destined to live on in a body of your own, a body that is equipped to live forever. The apostle Paul calls our current physical appearance a “tent” (2 Corinthians 5:1):

“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”

Paul is referring to the new body that awaits us as we pass on from this life into our next. God made you unique, which means you won’t be reproduced in your exact likeness. Once you die, there won’t be another one just like you. Every life matters.

Our soul comes from God. It is necessary to connect with the Eternal One, or our soul will remain rootless. Eternal rootlessness is hell, and hell is not what God has planned for you and me. God wants us to find our roots and live. Finding God is finding home; we are home for good, and nobody can take that away from us.

To be alive and knowing that the Lord is our home are two wonderful reasons to be grateful. Praise the Lord, we’ve seen the light!

John 10:28: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

In terms of “quality of life”, the quality of Eternal Life is first grade! Jesus provides an existence that goes beyond our imagination.

Being immersed in futility, we are extremely familiar with “temporary arrangements” and unfamiliar with “forever and ever”. God, however, does not change and life with Him is not temporary – it’s forever; but beyond that, eternal life represents the fulfillment of God’s dearest wish: to be reunited with His children. Family life in Heaven is what Eternal Life is all about.

God makes us an offer we can refuse: we do not have to accept His gift of Eternal Life. However, He insists that Eternal Life is a free gift, just as much as He insists that we voluntarily choose whether or not to accept it.

If we have something very precious and extremely valuable, there is always this element of fear that someone will come and steal it from us. We are very protective of our treasures. So is God. God is very protective of us because He treasures us. When Jesus says: “Nobody can steal them [God’s children] from me” it means just that: It is impossible to bypass Heaven’s premier security guard. If anyone dares messing with God’s children, they awake the Lion of Judah.

Believers have been given Eternal Life. It’s absolutely impossible to steal Eternal Life from a believer. What has been given has been given.

Jesus has risen from the dead – Hallelujah, He has risen indeed! And we can rise with Him every morning as we get up and our feet touch the ground. Most importantly, we rise to meet Him in person one day when our chapter “Life on Earth” comes to a close and an exciting new chapter begins.