“.....for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that God is able to keep
that which I have committed unto Him against that day.”
(II Timothy 1:12)
It takes a long time before a Christian reaches the “cautious hope” stage. It’s usually somewhere around
middle age when it happens. Before that, a young person who has accepted Christ as Savior simply
acknowledges that he or she is saved from the torture of the great abyss and inherently knows there’s a
Heaven up there somewhere. The premise is taken on faith and that must be a pleasing thing to God. But
as we age this cautious hope emerges in our thought process because we’ve depended on this outcome for
as many years as we’ve been saved and now it’s time to take a more proactive approach.
The second stage occurs when we begin to get truly serious about the next life and look toward Heaven as a
somewhat “distant inevitability.” The hope is still there but we realize it’s more concrete than just a hope.
We travel this road for as long as it takes until we reach the final stage which is “eager curiosity.” The things
which constituted our creature comforts no longer satisfy us. We can’t relate to the latest trends like full body
tattoos and rap music and we don’t want to because we’re beginning to look forward rather than behind:
upward rather than downward, and the things of the world seem more ridiculous than ever.
And then it happens; the utopian state where social and political aspects have little to no influence anymore.
We become eagerly curious about the existence which we are soon to embrace. For the elderly it’s like day
versus night. Those who know whom they have believed become adamantly sure that they will in some
manner be spending eternity with their Savior and God. The others without such hope, having never made
the crucial commitment to Christ, still won’t pick up the Word of God and read it because what little curiosity
they may have once had cannot be conjured up anymore. Faking it now becomes too much of an effort and
they simply rely on the merits of their good lives or similar misconceptions as their key to salvation.
That, of course, won’t benefit them in any way, but it’s the only option they’ve allotted themselves because
they cannot face the fact that their last breath will be exactly that. There will be no continuation of their
existence in any form.
If you aren’t fully persuaded that Heaven in whatever form it may be is your destination for certain,
then you should put no daylight between you and your decision to trust Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
Procrastination is not an option.