P-Place (Does personal growth impact eternity?)

“There’s no better place for me to become like Jesus than my present circumstances,” says Marie Chaplan.

Why would I want to become like Jesus? That is, why would I want to become full of grace and peace? Why would I want to become humble of heart, able to enjoy and bless everyone whose path I cross?

Granted, my friends and family and colleagues would appreciate it. Granted, my quality of life on earth would improve. But would it matter in the end?

Ruth Bell Graham seemed to think it would. In Billy Graham’s latest book Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well, he tells this story: “Long before she became bedridden, [Ruth] was driving along a highway through a construction site. Carefully following the detours and mile-by-mile cautionary signs, she came to the last one that said, ‘End of Construction. Thank you for your patience.’ She arrived home chuckling and telling the family about the posting. ‘When I die,’ she said, ‘I want that engraved on my stone.’”

According to Billy, “Death says, ‘This is the finality of accomplishment.’”

What do you think? Will we have the opportunity to grow and change in eternity? Will we continue to learn more of God? Is there some sense in which this life is the only chance we get to grow our souls? Will a large soul have a greater capacity to enjoy eternity than a shrunken or unstretched soul? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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3 Responses to "P-Place (Does personal growth impact eternity?)"

  1. Sarma Alle says:

    I guess when I read your blog, I’m thinking of the verse in 1 Cor. 13:12 – Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror, then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
    Now I can imagine what Jesus and God are like, then I will see Jesus face to face and fully know him. In heaven we will still be living beings, so I think of my soul as being alive, and if alive, then changing.

    • Tracey says:

      That’s a great point. It makes sense that if we’re alive, we’ll be changing, knowing him more and more fully. That’s a great verse. Thanks, Sarma!

  2. Belso Rago says:

    I think we grow in this world but in heaven we will be complete.”We grow as we go through the narrow gate on this earth .We lay up treasures on this earth but that is it .


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