My eight year old daughter got on this kick earlier in the year when she was asking me if things would last forever. Not sure where it came from but it seemed to be one of those exaggerations we often do taken to extremes. You know when we say like, “I have to fold a million load of laundry today.”

She had a rash that we had to put cream on and she asked in exasperation if we would be doing this forever. But, forever wasn’t always negative. She played softball for her third year and when the season ended, she asked why she couldn’t play softball forever.

Not sure how you have felt about this past year but whether you want your current situation to “last forever” or you are praying it “doesn’t go on another minute”, truth is, “nothing lasts forever”. Seriously, I think it’s a line in like 5,000 songs and every sappy movie ever.

But, in regards to living in this world, it’s TRUE. Nothing on this earth lasts forever. Our bodies get old; we die. Friendships fade. Trends come and go. Even the soil is eroding away and the stars fall. So, what can we count on in a body and world that are slowly passing away? What kind of good things last forever??

Just like LeVar Burton use to say on Reading Rainbow, “But, you don’t have take my word for it.”

Here are 4 things that scripture tells us last far beyond our time on this earth and into eternity:

1. God

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” I Timothy 1:17

“The Lord shall reign forever and ever.” Exodus 15:18

2. God’s Word

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” Matthew 24:35

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8

“For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” Psalms 100:5

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3. God’s People

“And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:46

“For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” Galatians 6:8

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

4. Answered Prayers

“Again I say to you, that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:19

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

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We have already settled that God is eternal and His word is eternal. So, it stands to reason that the prayers He answers on behalf of His children are eternal. We should pray BIG prayers that have eternal impact…prayers for salvation and God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

I’m not sure about you but it seems to me that the investment with the biggest return is the pay off that lasts forever. So, let’s challenge ourselves this year to put time into what lasts forever: studying God’s word, prayer, and putting time and energy into serving and encouraging those in the body of Christ. This includes our spouse and children!!

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