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Counting The Cost Of A One Way Trip

one way astroMaggie Lieu is like many 24 year-olds with dreams and aspirations. She wants to complete her PhD; she wants to work with people; she wants to occasionally visit her mom; and…she wants to live on Earth.

For most of us, that last one might seem pretty obvious at first, but not so for Maggie. It was a careful, difficult decision that came after significant consideration. You see, Maggie was one of one hundred finalists who had been selected for consideration to go on the Mars One Mission to colonize Mars.

I imagine that, for many, being a part of colonizing another planet is a cool idea – intellectually. But in practical reality, the potential cost was too high for at least 6 candidates who have dropped out, including Maggie. Why is it so tough? Because it is a 1-way trip!

The very idea of a 1-way trip is unnerving for many. You can’t come back! People can’t fathom the idea of not returning to the point of their departure. If you’ve ever bought a 1-way ticket before, you’ve probably sensed an uncomfortable silence and felt the need to explain your trip to the person who checked your luggage! It isn’t “normal.”

Perhaps that is why so many people have a difficult time accepting the idea of heaven and hell. Intellectually, we get it. You go to one place and you can never return. But in practice, the idea is a bit unnerving – it requires “counting the cost” before making a decision about our final destination.

Jesus tells His disciples to count the cost before making the decision to follow Him:

“For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’” (Luke 14:28-30).

But did you know that everyone is on a 1-way trip already? Every one of us will experience death and face the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Finishing the journey well was important to Jesus, and He warned His disciples to choose wisely.

Because of our sins, we are headed for eternal separation from God2 Thessalonians 1:9). But we can change our destination to heaven…a 1-way ticket to be in the presence of the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

Count the costs. It might be difficult to leave the lifestyle you know and enjoy; it might be unimaginable to spend eternity away from loved ones or family; it might be painful to leave the known for the unknown.

I don’t know if a trip to Mars is worth the cost, but I hope you will see that heaven is definitely worth the journey! Want to learn more about how to get there? Get in touch and let’s talk…

A Near Miss?

Did you happen to see the information NASA released about an asteroid that passed close to the Earth Tuesday? If this asteroid had hit the Earth, it would have caused a 4,000 megaton blast and a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. If it had hit the ocean, it could have caused a 70-foot high tsunami for 60 miles. Scientists and the media were quick to assure people that the asteroid, known as 2005 YU55, posed no actual threat because it would miss us by 202,000 miles, eight-tenths the distance to the moon. For us, 202,000 miles may seem like a long way, but it is a “near miss” to scientists, a miss the likes of which they haven’t seen since 1976.

I imagine many people went through Tuesday without ever hearing about or caring about this asteroid. For most of us, the threat wasn’t perceived as real. On the other hand, if the scientific community had said the asteroid would impact the Earth, I imagine that the reaction would have been quite different! What would you have done differently? Where would you have gone? Join the looters? Perhaps time alone contemplating life?

Chapters 13 and 14 in the Gospel of Mark show that Jesus knew his last moments on the Earth were coming. He chose to use that time in prayer and sharing final thoughts about the Kingdom with His disciples. He encouraged them, taught them, and prayed with and for them. After Jesus was raised from the dead, He continued to encourage and teach them. Jesus never abandoned His faith or wavered in His resolve to do the will of the Father – no matter the circumstances.

We cannot control external forces, only our reactions to them. Your next challenge might be on its way…how will you react? Whether illness, injury, or a giant rock speeding through space at 129,000 mph, how will you spend your days? Like Ezekiel 33, we who are on watch have a responsibility to announce the danger of sin. What will give you hope in those last moments? Jesus is the one, true hope.