When I was a young man, a well meaning older gentleman once gave me some unsolicited advice. He could probably see that I was thrashing about looking for the meaning of life and perhaps wondering just “what it is all about.” He said “Son, life is all about survival,” and he left it at that without elaborating. I have come to find that this is true on a spiritual level as well as the day to day working to have the things needed in this life.
First of all, it is true that a lot of what we do in our life is to ensure the day to day survival of ourselves and our families. This is as God would have it be. Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:28: “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.”
And again in 1 Thessalonians 4:11: “that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.”
It is clear that we are commanded to work to earn our daily bread and can consider ourselves blessed indeed if God has provided some means whereby we may do so. We do this not by some nefarious or dubious means, but by quietly working at that which is good that we may lack nothing and have the means to give to those who have need.
Our first obligation is to provide for our families (1 Timothy 5:8) and by meeting this obligation we can be said to be giving to those who are in need. Some of us are not able to give to others beyond that point, but should not fear. If we provide for our families we are also giving to those who are in need. We must also provide for the work of the church as we are able (1 Corinthians 16:2).
If we meet these obligations, we can be said to be ensuring our day to day physical survival as God would have us do. Perhaps, more important is that we also look to our spiritual survival. We need God’s help to carry our our daily responsibilities and should regularly worship with the saints, pray without ceasing and study our bibles. This will ensure our day to day survival spiritually, so that we may carry out what is needed for our physical survival.
Also, we should be sure that we have met the requirements of God to ensure our survival eternally. Jesus gives us a choice between eternal life, which He also gives us the means by which we may obtain it, and eternal death, which is what awaits all those that do not obey Him (Revelation 21:8; Romans 6:23)So we should do all we can to ensure our survival for eternity.
God makes it plain what we must do (see Plan of Salvation above and under categories). If we obey the Lord in what he would have us do, we have that hope that He will grant us eternal life come the judgment day. This requires a life-long commitment to Him and to God as well as life- long study of the holy scriptures to know how God would have us act in every situation that arises in our lives (John 5:39, 40; John 14:21-24).
Hebrews 5:9 says, speaking of Jesus: “And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” Jesus tells us how we may obtain eternal life and by keeping His commandments we can be assured in our hearts of our survival throughout eternity and not only survival, bur rich blessings beyond our comprehension.
The alternative is eternal death in the fire that burns without ceasing. Won’t you do the right thing and repent of your sins and obey Jesus today, while you yet have life in the physical sense, to ensure your eternal life and blessings.
May God bless and keep you until next time.