It was HOT this week. Everytime the forecast was anounced, I heard a reminder to take care and beware. We have been told to limit our exposure outside, drink plenty of fluids, and wear sunscreen. In 2017, 107 people in the US died from heat exposure. The high temps and risks to health and life are serious. That is why there are so many warnings about it.
Scripture talks about a HOT place as well. It is an eternal separation from God, often called hell. Listen to some of the descriptions we have been given:
- Matthew 25:41 – Eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels…
- Mark 9:43 – Hell, the unquenchable fire…
- Revelation 21:8 – The lake that burns with fire and sulfur…
Based on those descriptions of Hell, I would like to encourage you to be aware and take care when considering your eternity. With that in mind I offer these three eternal health tips:
One, limit your exposure to things that lead to “eternal fire”. Avoid places, media, and people that bring you down, that distract you from God and that offer bad examples. Paul will tell us to encourage and restore fellow believers who have fallen away—with this warningin Galatians 6:1, “Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.”
Two, drink in plenty of God’s Word. It is hard to answer the question, “What would Jesus do?”, if you don’t know what He did! Paul reminds Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16 that,“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” And to the Romans in 15:4 he reminds that the Scriptures give us encouragement so “we might have hope.” And the Psalmist declares that the Words of God are “a lamp to [his] feet and a light to [his] path.” (Psalm 119:105)
Three, wear Jesus. It is only in Christ that we can keep ourselves from being burned. Paul encourages us with these words in Ephesians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…” Did you catch the word, “EVERY”, there are no spiritual blessings outside of Jesus Christ. In 2 Corinthians 5:7, we learn that being “in Christ” means we are “a new creation”. And lest there be any confusion about how to put Christ on, Paul explains in Galatians 3:27, that “as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
It is HOT here. But it will be even hotter in that place we don’t want to go. Take care of yourself!