Saving for Retirement
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (ESV)*
Life comes with a myriad of choices: what to wear, what to eat, where to live, where to work, what movie to watch. We have hundreds of options and make a thousand seemingly inconsequential decisions every day. So, it may seem impossible that we could have only two choices for eternity, death or eternal life, and they are anything but inconsequential. It is, frankly, the most important, pivotal decision of our lives, way more important than choosing a college, a career, or a mate.
And while some may say that’s it’s never too late to go back to school or change careers, any moment could be our last chance to commit ourselves to Christ. As the apostle James wrote, “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” (James 4:14)
It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life, the day-to-day routines and schedules that sweep away the hours, which so quickly turn into days, weeks, months, and years, and to forget about eternity. The business of living can keep us distracted from realizing our predicament.
We’re sinners, in need of a Savior, and no matter how financially prepared or successful we are here on earth, we will be cast away from God after we die if we never accept Christ’s free gift of redemption. (Read the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, Luke 16:19-31)
Jesus told his disciples, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) Sin is a burden. It wears us down, steals our peace, and makes life wearisome, but Jesus offers to take that burden from our shoulders by forgiving us of our sins, taking away our guilt, and laying His cloak of redemption and peace upon us instead, guaranteeing our entry into eternal life when we pass from this world.
I saw a man yesterday wearing a shirt that said, “I work for God. The retirement benefits are great!” It gave me a chuckle, but “great” doesn’t begin to accurately describe the awesome wonder of living eternally in God’s presence.
Have you planned for your retirement, yet?
*All scriptures are from the English Standard Version unless otherwise noted.