What We Do In Life Echoes in Eternity. If you have seen the movie Gladiator starring Russell Crowe, you have heard the famous line, “Brothers, what we do in life echoes in eternity.”
Even though this line came from a movie, it is actually very close to what the Bible teaches. Our life on Earth may be short, but our life in Heaven is eternal. We will only be able to enter Heaven if we act according to the way God wants us to act. Eternity is very long. And our lives will matter in it.
The Truth According to the Bible
Every one of us has to assess what we do daily. We have to be mindful of our words, actions, and thoughts. Also, we have to ponder our purpose and evaluate our goals. And, we have to live in a way that would please the Lord.
God created us with a purpose. In Psalm 16:5, we read, “Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.” Psalm 139:16 also says, “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
The scriptures tell us not to be concerned because we are prepared to fulfill our calling. God, who is all-knowing, has already prepared us for this purpose. So, when we acknowledge it, we can surely do it. We must also remember that nothing that is not meant to happen will happen. We have to trust God.
Psalm 25:12 says, “Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.” This is a promise made to us. The scripture proves this. God does not want us to be confused. He wants us to know how to do the work we need. He actually wants us to fulfill His will. So, when we strive to do good deeds, we can rest assured that God is with us.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 agrees to this. The verse says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Indeed, God wants us to find the path toward Him. He wants us to follow His ways, but He also gives us free will.
Therefore, it is up to us what we would do with our lives. Then again, if we want to enter His kingdom, we need to pray to Him and do what He tells us to do. We need to seek His presence in everything that we do.
Whatever we do while living here on Earth will echo in eternity. Every choice that we make will have an impact on our afterlife. So, we must be mindful of how we think, talk, and act. We have to be careful with our time here on Earth.
Likewise, the words that we say and the actions that we do will affect others. We will affect all of God’s creations, whether they are humans or nature. We will influence others, who, in turn, will have an impact on God’s creations.
Matthew 9:35-38 says that “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
This tells us that God is our shepherd. He wants us to come with Him and rescue our fellow men from the fires of hell. He wants us to help Him bring these people to His kingdom.
With this being said, we need to act like shepherds of men. When we see people who seem to go against the ways of God, we need to take action so that they will be brought back to the right path. It is our responsibility to take care of our fellowmen. This is our duty to the Lord.
Matthew 28:18-19a says, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations….” These are Jesus’ last words to His disciples.
Again, it is a reminder for us to act according to the will of the Lord. It is a reminder for us to help our fellowmen follow the teachings of Jesus. We must do our best to help everyone else find the right path. If they struggle, we have to help them. Many people do not believe in God. We must enlighten them so that they can open their minds and hearts to the Lord.
What We Do In Life Echoes in Eternity. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
This is very much straightforward. It means that anyone can pretend to follow God, but only those who truly follow His ways can enter His kingdom. Only those who do good deeds here on Earth will enjoy the rewards of God in the afterlife.
So, if you want to enter heaven and have everlasting life with God, you need to think, speak, and act by His will. You also need to do your best to encourage others to do the same. Remember that whatever you do today will reflect tomorrow and in eternity.