A friend of mine is very no-nonsense when she talks with people. I have teased that when she responds to questions it’s as if she will take no quarter. The image of her sweet self taking no prisoners seems a contradiction.
When it comes to eternity though, there is no quarter. No mercies, no opportunity to be held for a period and eventually released. Once we are on the other side of death, there are no do-overs. It is over. Death, on this side of Heaven, holds us hostage. We are subject to the real facts of growing older, getting sick, and eventually passing away. This happens to our physical bodies only. We have an ever-living-never-dying-soul that will face an eternity with God or an eternity without Him. It is our choice.
If we choose to live life here without God as a part of it, we will find much of what we do is fleeting. While we may have fun, fall in love, get married, have kids, work at a great job, etc., there will always be a part of us that is empty. We may dismiss it, saying we are just seeking a better something in our lives. But it is true.
When we choose a life lived with God, we find that although there are still battles, heartaches, struggles, and the like. We know that our experiences are an opportunity to grow in our faith, our understanding of the character of Christ. There will be times when we want to quit, but we recognize that there is more than this life.
So the question comes, will we choose to walk with God on this side of Heaven, knowing that on the other side of Heaven, we will experience an eternity in the fullest extent? I don’t mean an eternity of halos and harps, but instead, an eternity of pure, sweet, forever fellowship with the God we love.
Death may say, “No quarter,” but thanks to Jesus’ death on the Cross:
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”[i]
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 15:57, Isaiah 25:8, Hosea 13:14).