“If you hear [God’s] voice today, don’t be stubborn!” Hebrews 4:7b CEV
Time is one of the most valuable resources in life. This may be the most important resource to a human before death and entering the eternal realm (Heaven or Hell/Lake of Fire).
Why? Because one must have time in the natural realm in order to take action and affect the world. After human death, an individual still exists, but they can no longer interact in the
human realm because their human body no longer lives. They no longer have authority in the natural/human realm without a body.
Two reasons for making the present a priority are the following:
1. Without natural time, one can no longer affect their personal outcome.
2. Without natural time, one can make no additional contributions to other’s lives/natural world.
A believer’s personal life is the motivation for following Christ. A desire to change one’s spiritual condition and eternal destination initially drives a sinner to call on the name of Jesus.
All humans have a desire to save their lives or to be saved by someone. Once natural time runs out, one can no longer make changes to their fate. No more earthly choices can be made. One is left with facing the eternal judgment of Jesus. Time truly is precious.
Although personal outcome is the starting point for the new Christian, loving others grows in significance. Jesus declared the second great commandment is to love one’s neighbor as one loves himself. (Mark 12:31) The mature believer constantly endeavors to use his brief earthly time to love God and do the works of Jesus in this world so other people will benefit. As the believer uses time to make Godly choices and do Godly actions, Jesus’ light shines glorifying God the Father. Once the believer’s body dies, they can no longer make future choices/actions in the natural world. At the point of death, only one’s previous works, prayers, writings, etc. can influence the natural world.
Fittingly, the focal passage emphasizes the importance of “today”. “Today” is synonymous with the present, or the time known as “now.” One specific moment in time can be the turning point for the most defeated and miserable existence. As long as there is still a “today,” the reader of this article has the opportunity to hear God’s voice and respond by accepting Christ’s help. The “I Am” can supply new strength and fruit today. This present moment can be the start of a new life and new direction with God. The present choice can have unfathomable eternal benefit.