Several US Presidents have been credited with employing the phrase “the right side of history.” The context varies, but the message always communicates the speaker’s absolute certainty that he would always be remembered for being right.
No matter your political persuasion, I say Christians should be less concerned about history and more concerned with landing on the right side of eternity. That’s where believers should drop the proverbial mic.
Chew on that statement while I ask you some questions.
In the scope of eternity, does it really matter if:
- Your favorite athlete retires?
- A major road construction project makes your commute significantly longer?
- Democrats or Republicans are governing our city, state or nation?
- We win a trade war?
Let’s direct the questions closer to church. In the scope of eternity, does it really matter if:
- The latest, Christian-themed motion picture wins an Oscar?
- Your church boasts a large congregation with several campuses and multiple weekend services?
- Your minister’s sermons are heard by millions across the world on radio, television and the Internet?
- Some churches include music in their worship service while others don’t?
- Some believers speak in tongues while others do not?
- You were baptized yesterday or several decades ago?
- You read the King James Version of the Bible, but I read the NIV?
- God can create a rock even He cannot lift?
During His earthly ministry, Jesus taught His Apostles to focus on eternity rather than history:
- “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19-20)
- Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.(Matthew 6:33)
- “…do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more…Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell.” (Luke 12:4-5)
As a result, they walked away from their jobs to follow Him and willingly opened themselves up for abuse and incarceration. Ironically, one of the primary reasons their testimony has stood the test of history is their willingness to endure beatings and prison for preaching in His name. Why would anyone endure that to support a hoax?
When it comes right down to it, the only thing that truly matters is what we celebrate during communion time every Sunday; the belief that God the Father sent His only Son, Jesus, down to Earth to live among us, teach us, die on the cross for our sins and then triumph over sin and death by rising again. The historical fact of Christ’s death and resurrection is all that really matters in the scope of eternity, and that’s what I’m asking you to focus on right now as we go to the Lord in prayer.