One day, we will leave time behind.
One day, we will leave this body and get a new one.
One day, we will walk with Jesus… maybe He’ll explain to us the mysteries of life.
One day, death will be abolished and sin will have no mastery any longer.
One day, there’ll be no more death, no more sorrow, no more suffering, no more tears.
One day, we’ll get a new name, known to God alone.

That day wasn’t 21st May 2011 as some had predicted. No one knows when that day will be, except God. But just because that day wasn’t when some people falsely predicted doesn’t mean that that day won’t come.

But when that day does come, time as we know it will be no more. Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 talks about there being a time for all things – the word ‘time’ mentioned 30 times in 8 verses in the NKJV – and it’s hard for us to imagine a world without time. In other words, it’s very hard for us to grasp the concept of eternity. Yet God inhabits eternity; He lives forever (Is 57:15). He had no beginning; He will have no end.

We live in a world governed by time: we have to get up at certain times, eat at certain times, do certain jobs by certain times. Yet in eternity there will not be the same time constraints we face here on earth. There will be no day and night in heaven: the Lord will be the light we need (Rev 22:5). Incredibly, God has set eternity in the hearts of men (Eccl 3:11): He has given us the choice also as to where we spend eternity.

How we spend our earthly lives determines how we spend eternity and whether we spend eternity with God or not. Paul urges us to redeem the time and tells us not to waste the time we have here on earth (Eph 5:15-17). After all, our soul and the things we do on earth are the only things we can take with us as a testimony to heaven. We need to understand that the question of where we will spend eternity matters more than all the other things we spend all our time on and give our attention to eternal matters.

Aaron Shust’s song ‘One Day’ talks also about this walk with Jesus.