The Choice is Yours

Do you know where you are from? Do you know where you want to be? What kingdom do you want to belong to? Do you know there is only really two kingdoms to choose from? There will only be two left when all is said and done.

We all talk about where we are from. We talk about where we were born. We talk about where we have lived and where we live now. We talk about our state. We talk about our country. Yet, all of these will have no bearing on where we end up.

We will spend eternity in one of two places. Unfortunately, there are some misperceptions on what those two places are. Most believe the two are heaven or hell. That’s not really true. We will spend eternity on the new earth (Revelation 21:1) or in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15).

Jesus tells us that His kingdom is not of this world, and that is true. However, many interpret this as His kingdom being in heaven, which is only true until He institutes the new earth. When the new earth is put in place, Jesus will reign forever with those of us who follow Him. True, He reigns in heaven for now. At the end of time, the new heaven and new earth will become one. We will be in the presence of God forever. So, when Jesus states His kingdom is in another place, He is speaking of heaven and the new earth.

Though it is hard for us to wrap our mind around it, Jesus is there right now. We can’t quite understand what it means to live outside of time. Yet, Jesus and God the Father live outside of time. That is how they are everywhere at all times. It is also how they know what is going to happen now, tomorrow, and a hundred years from now.

Jesus’ kingdom truly is in another place, which doesn’t mean He isn’t with us now. In His true kingdom, we will no longer experience sorrow, nor tears, nor pain, nor anger, nor anxiety, nor fear, nor anything that hurts us in any way. Our experience will be pure love, joy, and awe. We will be satisfied beyond our imagination.

I pray we all seek an eternity with Jesus in His kingdom. I pray we seek to live forever on the new earth. I pray each one of us make the right choice now for our ultimate ending place. Seek Jesus. Allow Him into your life. Long for spending eternity with Him. He wants you there.

John 18:36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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