Published July 9, 2013

Paul's Epistle...
"One Hundred Years From Now"

I always love to hear a song that asks clearly, plainly and directly the most important question anyone could ever ask another person: Are you saved? Are you born again? Have you accepted Christ as your Savior?

Of course, there are many different ways to ask that question. And it helps in getting one's attention if the question is asked in an unusual way. But the most important thing is that the question is actually asked.

Recently, when I had the Dunaways on the broadcast as Featured Artists, I came across a song of theirs that I just didn't have the time to include on the air. (I did subsequently play it last weekend.)  But I was quite taken by the simple way that this all-important question was posed. It was in a way that will make anyone think.

The question was, "Where will you be one hundred years from now?"

Got your attention, didn't it?

Here's how the songwriter, Gary Coolbeth, put it in song:

A hundred years from now, we will all be gone
We won't argue then, who was right or wrong
We will all believe far beyond a doubt
Where will you be one hundred years from now?

Clearly, when this life is over, real life goes on for eternity. After all, "...it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Heb. 9:27). The question is, when it comes to eternity, will you be with the Lord? Or will you be in a place of eternal torment? You will be in one place or another – so "we will all believe far beyond a doubt." Everyone will know whether they were right or wrong. "As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess..." (Romans 14:11) "...that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2:11).

A hundred years from now, we won't be concerned
If we went without, what we had on earth
Only what we did with the Son of God
Where will you be one hundred years from now?

Remember the old saying: "Only one life will soon be passed, and only what's done for Christ will last." It's absolutely true. And "what we did with the Son of God" will make an eternal difference for each of us. Did we accept Him? Or did we ignore and/or reject Him? That is supremely important, compared with any of the temporal shortcomings or problems we face in this life.

You will be somewhere forever
There is a place for the lost and the found
Will you be with the Savior
Will I see you one hundred years from now?

That's the key issue. "You will be somewhere forever!" But there are two possible destinations. The lost will be doomed to eternal punishment. The "found" – those who have accepted Christ – will enjoy all the blessings of heaven, life eternal with Christ. In the song, the one asking the question obviously has accepted Christ – and hopes to see you in heaven, too. But that's up to you.

A hundred years from now, it will be too late
To accept the Lord, we must choose today
Only God knows when the trump will sound
Where will you be one hundred years from now?*

When our life on earth comes to an end – or if the Lord returns at that final "trump" while we are still alive here – the time of decision will have passed. The door closes on the opportunity to be saved. That's why we "must choose today." Follow Christ? Or reject Him? And that choice — and that choice alone — will determine where the real "you" will be one hundred years from now.

- Paul

*"One Hundred Years From Now," by Gary Coolbeth, Merryall Music ASCAP. Lyrics used by permission of the writer. As recorded by the Dunaways on their "It's A God Thing" CD.

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