Chapter Eleven: My Reward is With Me
We have now come to the final chapter in this description of just what Christianity is and what it means for all of us, no matter who we are. In this chapter, I would motivate you to be living your life in light of eternity. This life, in which we invest all our time, labors and resources, and in which we make very clear what is of ultimate importance to us, does not end after eighty years (or even a hundred, for that matter). It is just the stepping stone to eternity, and what we do with our time now, how we spend the few years we have on this earth, will determine what we will be doing with our time for all eternity, for good or bad. But there are no shades of gray, no middle ground, in the eternal destinies confronting us in the here and now. There are only two options: for those who have given up everything to follow the Savior, there is eternal joy and reward beyond imagination; but for those to whom the pleasures of this life have been ultimate, whether they professed to be Christians or not, there is only unspeakable, unending darkness and wrath. Christianity is not just some game to be played or some hobby to occupy our time – it is where true, ultimate, eternal reality confronts us, and how we respond will have effects more real and lasting and dramatic than any other decision we will ever make.