There has been a question asked in churches for generations, its often labeled as “life’s most important question”. This question has been asked in sermons, in invitations, in witnessing, in tracts, and in any other situation where someone has tried to present the gospel. The question is, do you know where you’re going to go when you die? When you stop and think about the reality of death its a sobering question, where do we really go after death? After our last breath has been taken what then? Paul says in Hebrews this

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”
– Hebrews 9:27

Its going to happen, you and I are going to one day die,  but death is something no one, even those who are saved really truly wants to dwell on.  Even with salvation there is still somewhat of a fear of death, its why we do things like wear our seat belts, look both ways, some arm themselves, we go to the Dr. when we are sick, all to prolong life. We love life.

Growing up we’re all told to stay in school, get an education so that you can have a good life. If you ask most teenagers their plans in life you’ll get several different answers but most boil down to go to college, get a good career, making good money, and some where along the way maybe start a family. No one ever plans on having bad finances, or bad housing, or a lemon vehicle, we all at some point in life aspire to have great things, because the world has taught us that the key to happiness is more stuff. Many believe that the point of life is to get the good job to get all things. But then you die and then what?

Sadly when you ask someone what they are living for usually Jesus is never in the conversation, but without Jesus there is no life. Jesus said I am the way, the truth, and THE LIFE. He also said that:

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
– John 10:10

People want an abundant life but really have no clue what it means. Having money to have things is nice, but it only leaves us empty and wanting more. King Solomon, a man that not only the bible but other writings in history teach could have anything, and everything he wanted, he had a phrase that he used all that man can get in Ecclesiastes and that was “vanity of vanities; all is vanity”. This man had all the riches, power, women, and anything you could dream of and said that all of it was vanity.

One of the most popular games in recent years has been Minecraft. The game allows you to build your own virtual world, and millions have played it. So much so that it has made the creator, Markus Persson, a billionaire. The man can buy and do anything, which is what we all say we want to strive for in life. In August Persson took to Twitter to say this “Hanging out in ibiza with a bunch of friends and partying with famous people, able to do whatever I want, and I’ve never felt more isolated.” He also said on twitter, “The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance.” Doesn’t sound like the end result that we all hope for in becoming “successful” does it?

People with little look to people with much and envy, while people with much look at those with little, and do the same. While it may be different things each is envying, neither seem to be satisfied with life. Remember though the verse from above? Jesus wants us to have an abundant life! Now while what we consider abundant and what Jesus means are different things. While there is nothing wrong with new cars, big screens, and a big house thats not what Jesus meant. Jesus himself had no where to lay his head at night (Luke 9:58), Jesus didn’t have the nicest of things, but read what he had to say:

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
– John 10:10

“For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.”
– Luke 20:38

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
– John 3:16

A great explanation of the life that Jesus gives can be found in John chapter 4. There was a woman who had come to the well to drink, but because of her lifestyle she had been outed and alone, which sounds kind of like the creator of minecraft. Jesus used the earthly example of water to explain the life he gives. Without Jesus we are always wanting more, more, more, and we have to go back to the same old same old, to get a fix. Some their life revolves, around money and they are only happy when they have more, some their life revolves around getting more things, and they are in a low until they can get more things, some have addictions that destroy their body, but still they want more. We are never satisfied. But Jesus said take what he has to offer and you will never “thirst” again. Live for Jesus, and you will be satisfied with what you have, leading you to have the most abundant life of all.

At the beginning of this article we asked where are you going when you die, but when you stop and look at it there is so much more to consider. So I believe one of the most important questions you can know the answer to is.

What are you living for?

Salvation is the first step in life.

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