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!

Ecclesiastes 3:11: “He [God] has also set eternity in the hearts of men.”

King Solomon is the author of the book of Ecclesiastes. Curiously, Solomon used language related to clockwork when he penned down his thoughts on eternity. Like a watchmaker setting the clock as he is laboring over his handiwork – our Creator has “timed” our hearts, and guess what: our heart clocks are set on eternity. Somehow, eternity is in our DNA.

I was in first grade when our teacher told us one morning that one of our class mates had just passed away.  I was shocked! Subsequently, I began pondering about the end of my own existence. The only trouble was: I could not wrap my head around the idea that on any given day my life would come to a screeching halt, and I would cease to exist. I was wondering: do we really evaporate into thin air? Is there nothing left of us when we die?

Death just didn’t make much sense to my little heart back then. It really never does, and rightly so, because – as Solomon points out in Ecclesiastes – our Creator has not set us up that way.

Why would we live forever if there was no purpose to our life? I would venture to say that we actually do matter; our life does have a purpose and death is detrimental to this purpose. I believe that’s why Jesus hates death. And as the Author of Life it was His mission to put an end to death by conquering it! The tomb stone was rolled away, and Jesus emerged from the grave, the physical evidence that He had overcome our worst enemy.

We all have to face our physical departure one day when our body gives out and our heart stops beating. Nevertheless, it’s good to know that our physical passing is not the ultimate end. If our life story had to be written down, death would be the mere beginning of our book; there are still countless pages waiting to be filled. What a wonderful prospect that is!

Thanks to Jesus, death is not the end but just the beginning. He’s waiting on the other side. Do we believe that?

“Deep In Your Soul” written and performed by Basically Two, Bill and Evelyn Snyder. All rights reserved.