I was driving through Dalzell, SC the other day when I came across this old car. It was just sitting off the side of the road, totally out of commission. Rusted out. And in an automotive way, it had perished.
After snapping a picture of it, I drove off and thought about how we Christians are the opposite of the car. See, in Jesus Christ, we live forever. We are guaranteed an eternal life in His presence.
Yes, the bodies you and I have will one day cease to function. But our soul will depart and be with our Lord. In addition to this, we will receive a new body. 1 Corinthians 15:53 describes this new body as "imperishable".
The old car will not get a new body. But we will! And it will be one that is made to live forever. Without end, Amen.
I'm sure glad that our Lord did not create us to exist for 75 years on this Earth before we vanish into nothingness. An imperishable body and eternal life is what our Lord has in mind for us. That means He wants to enjoy forever with us in warm, loving fellowship. We will be blessed with the privilege of an eternal bond with Him. I can't think of a better future than that!
These years we spend here on Earth do matter. They are important! And we would be wise to make to maximize and enjoy them. But let's also remember there is a whole lot more living for us once we move on from here. And, my friend, the good news is this: it's only going to get better!