Training for Eternity

1 Kings 11:1-4 – 11 But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites— from the nations of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, “You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David.

Recently during a Father’s Day message, I reminded the men of our church that each day we are training for eternity. It will either be an eternity of peace and joy or it will be an eternity of death. People might not agree with that statement, but it is what the Bible says. I asked the men what was their goal for eternity and how hard were they working to get there. Do they spend each day training for an eternity in Heaven, or do they see each day as an opportunity to live for the world. I reminded the men that what they do today really does matter for eternity.

King Solomon, with all of his wisdom and blessing from God, made one catastrophic mistake — he stopped training for eternity and began to live for the world. The Lord warned him to stay away from foreign women (women that worshiped other Gods). He let his guard down, disobeyed the Lord and “turned his heart after other Gods”.  Each day is a battle, each day is an opportunity. Are you living your life today in such a way that your actions, thoughts and words will honor the Lord? Or, have you turned your heart to the god’s of this world? We are all training for eternity, the only question is what eternity are you training for.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

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