Nearly everything goes in cycles. The weather goes in cycles; the seasons; the economy and even life is a cycle. Each individual participates in it; no one avoids it.
Each individual goes through a pre-life, life and post-life cycle. From the moment life is initiated in the womb, a human being has become part of this life cycle. Through our modern technology we have been able to confirm what other generation believed; there is life in the womb. A human being, with their own thoughts and feelings, is living inside the womb.
Once coming out of the womb, it enters into another phase of the life cycle; the one we call “life.” They are totally dependent on someone to provide everything for them. They cannot dress themselves, feed themselves, nor take care of their physical bodies. Their mind even has to be developed through the process of learning.
At some point in time, this human being is going to enter the third cycle of life. They are going to cease to exist on this earth and they are going to begin living in another “world.” The purpose of this article is not to designate where this individual will be in this other “world,” but suffice it to say they will be in existence after their physical body has died.
Human life should be considered as something special. The grandmothers always say about the newborn, “isn’t s/he precious.” “Look how cute s/he is!” Other mothers will say the same thing. I believe the reason why they have these feelings and fathers and grandfathers do not is because they know they have “carried” this human being for a short period of time (even though to some it may seem like for eternity) and they know they have provided everything this human being has needed to live.
The spiritual life of an individual is no different. There is life before they become a Christian; there is their life after they have become a Christian and then there is their life after they have ceased to exist on this earth. Where they will live after leaving this life is determined by how they will live in this life.
As one progresses through the physical life, their perspective of life changes. The young are thinking about what they are going to be doing with their life. The old are thinking about what they have done during their life. But all need to be thinking about where they will live after this life is over.
The second part of the cycle ends with death. Our life in the final cycle will be determined by whether or not today we are living God’s way.
Carlton G. McPeak is an evangelist working in the Florida Gateway region. All Scriptural quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Holman Bible Publishers, unless otherwise stated. He may be contacted at email@example.com.