First Step Devotional | Day 5 - West Ridge Church

Day 5: Eternal Life

Scripture tells us that eternity is planted in the human heart, in other words, humanity longs for immortality. This is the way God has created us, to live forever. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

God is outside of time and space because He is eternal. Time, the way we define it, is man-made.The dictionary says that time is the thing that is measured as seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, etc. Think about it – if God is outside of time as we define it, then a minute is like a thousand years to God and a thousand years is like a minute (Psalm 90:4). Time is a precious commodity that is completely outside of our control. It is something we often say is fleeting. 

So what does all this mean? At some point, time as we know it will end. When we die physically, time ends for us on Earth, but our souls will live forever…for eternity. Our eternal destiny is dependent on our response to Jesus. Everyone is going to spend eternity either in the presence of God, or completely separated from Him. Where exactly? Either in Heaven or in Hell. We all have our preconceived ideas of what Heaven and Hell are like and scripture has a lot to say about this, but for now, let’s just define them as two vastly different eternal realities.

Scripture teaches us that our eternal destinies depend solely upon our personal response to Jesus. For all who trust in Christ, Heaven is a glorious reality. For those who reject Christ, Hell is a dreadful reality. John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” If you are a follower of Jesus, you have this great assurance. 


God, thank You that I will get to be with you forever. I am thankful that I do not have to live apart from You. Father, would You help me share the good news of who Jesus is and what He has done in my life with others? In Jesus’ name, amen.