John 6:63–64 says, The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe. For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. It is time to make decision about life’s true nature. What is the most important thing in your life? What is even more important than food, drink, clothes and a place to stay? What is more important than education and job? Most of us value these highly. Yet they help life only during our stay in this fleshy body, which is all too brief ! See Isaiah 40:6–7, A voice says, Cry out. And I said, What shall I cry? All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. Psalm 39 will do you more understanding.
Beside the eternity of God’s life, our years are « as nothing » like steam from a boiling pot compared with the total years of earth’s history, how long is your one life?
No flesh, no matter how young or healthy, is strong enough to escape the cycle of aging and death. As much as we love and respect parents, we must realize that “flesh gives birth to flesh” From our fleshly parents we receive fleshly life, which lasts a few short years, and then is lost, even sometimes before our parents.
Many are so busy they forget their most pressing appointment–death! They never see that life can end at any moment.
Others are aware, but death seems too horrible. They hide in many places: parties and movies that help them pretend; jobs that seem important; friends that avoid serious thought; even drink and drugs that twist reality. Hiding changes nothing. You are flesh and so is your friend, brother or sister. One of you will stand at a funeral; the other will be laid in the ground. If you both pretend, neither will be prepared for such reality. The living one will be heart-broken at the loss. The dead will be gone forever. See Ecclesiastes 12:7, And the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
“Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” Hebrew 9:27. “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God” Romans 14:12. That is why Ecclesiastes 7:2 urges us to be wise before our turn comes.
In John chapter 3, Jesus announces His priceless gift,” eternal life” Such a prize, though, cannot come through fleshly birth, no matter how noble. It comes only from God’s spirit, and only through rebirth. This is the most important kind of life: life with God, which is richer, fuller and more secure. To be born once is to die. To be born twice is to live forever (even when flesh fails) See John 11:25-26, it says, Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? See also John 1:12–13, Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God–children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.