Where Are You Going?

Albert Einstein, honored by Time Magazine as the Man of the Century, was traveling by train from Princeton when the conductor came down the aisle collecting tickets. Dr. Einstein couldn’t find his ticket. He checked pocket after pocket but found no ticket. The conductor said, “That’s alright Dr. Einstein, we all know who you are and that you would have bought a ticket.”

The conductor continued down the aisle but looked back to see Dr. Einstein, the great physicist, on his knees looking under the seat for the ticket. The conductor returned and appealed, “Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. No problem. You don’t need a ticket. I am sure you bought one.”

Einstein said, “Young man, I, too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I am going.” Do you know where you are going?

From an eternal perspective everyone is going somewhere. Death proves there is no permanent status in life. The answer to where you are going is the most significant issue you will ever face. 

Ignoring the issue does not prevent it from being on the horizon of your life   needing an answer.

Giving a no answer is a “no” answer to the invitation to dependably trust Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life and share eternity with Him. Doing so not only ensures where you are going, it also provides the positive and productive way to live while getting there. Such faith provides needed resources for the journey.

Blaise Pascal, the great mathematician established the science of hydrostatics and laid the foundation for differential calculus, was a man of great faith. He was also a brilliant philosopher and wrote: “How can anyone lose who chooses to become a Christian? If, when he dies, there turns out to be no God and his faith was in vain, he has lost nothing — in fact he has been happier in life than his non-believing friends. If, however, there is a God and a heaven and hell, then he had gained heaven and his skeptical friends will have lost everything in hell.”

That candor puts the importance of a positive response to the love of God in perspective.

Intending to make the decision and commitment is dangerous. Because of the “X” factor, an intent without action is a “no.” To say “no” is a no to an afterlife with all that faith in Jesus offers. It is as Pascal so clearly states, you “will have lost everything in hell.” Compare that with all that is gained in heaven.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)