As the good old wikipedia claims, "immortality" is the concept of living in the physical or spiritual form for an INFINITE length of time.
Wow, is that really possible? This is a question that many seem to toy with from time to time. Come on, I can see you...I know that when you say the word, "immortality," with your lips, there's a kind of sweetness that comes naturally with the mere pronunciation of the word. It exudes power and eternal reign. The historical Pharoahs of old have embodied this concept of "immortality" from generation to generation in the ancient kingdom of Egypt. Only a few days ago, the young pharoah, King Tut, became the subject of public speculation when his royal embalmed mask was taken off for all to see his real face, after having been "immortalized" for 3,000 years.
The kingdom of Egypt does not play when it comes to the burial of their Pharoahs; a Pharoah king is considered as such, even till eternity. So he is embalmed and kept in a royal tomb for Pharoahs. They got the concept of eternity, but the reality is this body or flesh of ours is not immortal, and one day will be no more.
That's why Jesus told us when He was very much around..."And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell," Matthew 10:28.
The only thing that is immortal is your soul. Your body may pass away, but your soul has a destination. I was reading Matthew 25 yesterday, and towards the end Jesus was talking about the seperation of two categories of people, those who will enter into the kingdom of heaven, and then those who will enter into a certain place that was originally prepared for the devil and his angels. At that particular point I shook, because hell was not intended for human beings. But because we all have our own "will" to either choose Jesus or reject Him, some will end up in the wrong kingdom.
I do not know where the souls of the ancient Pharoahs lie today, but as an NBC reporter said when the mask of King Tutankhamun was unveiled, it wasn't the pretty sight everyone was expecting. It makes me know that this body of ours is really not permanent. It also shows that we all should be very careful about how we live our lives.
What are you living for? Do you have a defined view of who you really are? Do you define yourself the way God defines you, or are you merely defining yourself based on your emotions? I was walking back home from class last week and I was thinking about how I need to become this person in my wildest dreams, someone who does not have the flaws I have now. But God began to tell me, "You are already that person, define yourself the way I already defined you before time even began." I may have flaws now, but a righteous man will fall seven times and get back on his feet again. I will not wallow in the fact that sometimes I fall. Each second is precious, I can spend the time used to wallow in self-pity to do something for God. God has given you and I a calling for this period while we are still on earth, we need to find it and grasp it. But most importantly, live your life with deep concern for your soul. You need to know where your eternity lies...today...
I pray it's heaven,
because it DOES exists...
Will your SOUL say YES to God's call today?
All God wants is for you to say "YES"