Can you tell me what three basic pieces of information are on almost every tombstone? The name of the person, their date of birth, and their date of death. No one knows the exact day or moment when death will take them, but I can make you a guarantee: you are going to be dead longer than you will be alive. This means that it is awfully important to be sure where we are headed when death does take us.
Growing up in a Christian home I was in almost every single worship service from before I was even born. Through the years I learned much about the Bible, memorized many passages of Scripture, and was very involved in serving in our church. As I grew and got older I began to think about what I had heard about death and eternity. This was something that scared me a lot. I was scared of death and I was very scared of what happens after death. I knew enough Bible verses and had heard enough lessons that I thought I knew what I needed to do, so I prayed the “Sinner’s Prayer.” But nothing changed.
This became a cycle that would repeat itself numerous times. I would think about eternity, become scared again, prayer another insincere prayer, and nothing would change. I didn’t really want a relationship with God, I didn’t truly want Him to reign and rule in my life. I was only interested in what God could give to me, I was not willing to submit control to Him. I thought I made a better king for my life.
Instead of truly giving my life over to God, I would try and act more “Christian”. This usually lasted for a week or so, until I tired of it went back to living my life like normal. I was a “good” little boy. I was always in church and I was helping out in various areas of service. I even outwardly obeyed my parents for the most part, enough that I would get compliments on being well behaved. I had many of the outward forms of religion, but the most important part was missing.

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