Here-and-now describes people who either forget about God or outright reject God and His righteous ways in order to gain or achieve here on planet Earth. They forget that eternality is too long and Hell is too hot to have to pay for the sins from the here and now.
Make no mistake about it, what we do here-and-now will have an effect on our eternal well-being.The Apostle Paul understood this fact when he describes the process in Romans chapter 2 and verses 6 through 11,
(6)”Who will render to every man according to his deeds:”
(7)”To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life:”
(8)”But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,”
(9)”Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;”
(10)”But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:”
(11)”For there is no respect of persons with God.”
There will be a judgment day for each one of us with no exceptions. We will receive rewards or punishment for the things that we have done in the here-and-now. And, by the way, since God is eternal, these rewards or penalties will be eternal as well. This is why it is so important to to be led by the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit that …will guide you into all truth…(John 16:13, KJV). Furthermore, even if our soul is saved, if our good deeds were not done according God’s will 1 Corinthians 3:14-15 says,
(14)”If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.”
(15)”If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”(KJV)
Literally, if what we achieved here on earth was not done in God’s plan and purpose for our lives, even our good works will be burned up as though we achieved nothing good for God. It has more to do with our motives and motivations behind what we do. Not only that, but it has to do with whether we are doing God’s work the way we want to do it or the way He wants it done. If we do His work our way, He will reject it.
The Problem Is Our Perception
Our perception of this life is the main issue here. To here-and-now people, this is it! This life is the only Heaven that they will ever know. Therefore, their motto is to: ‘get all I can and can all I get’. What a sad commentary when you have a world that is filled with famine, disease, violence, hatred, and oppression. And this is the best thing that they have to look forward to? But to those of us who perceive that this life is just a first step to an eternal existence, we proclaim:
“I need more!”
As gospel singer Shirley Caesar said, …”I don’t want to live in hell and have to die and go to hell!” That describes my sentiment exactly. I, personally, want to limit my hellish experience to the sufferings of this world, only. Then, I want to maximize my eternal happiness in Heaven.
If there are such good pleasures to enjoy even in the face of evil on this planet, how much more will there be in God’s Heaven. It has been said by many who have had near-death experiences that planet Earth is really just somewhat of a replica of Heaven.
How Is Heaven, Then, Described In The Bible?
- First, we find out that it has streets, as we do, except those streets are made of transparent gold. (Revelations 21:21)
- Next, there are mansions, jeweled walls, and buildings(John 14:2, Rev. 21:11-13)
- Then, there are animals, as Christ and the saints will return to earth on white horses.(Rev. 19: 11-16)
- Furthermore, there are mountains suggesting a type of vegetation, grass, flowers, and trees. (Rev. 21)
- In Heaven there is no more death or mourning due to suffering; but there is joy forevermore. (Rev. 21:4)
Heaven is a great and grand place. It is like living here on this planet except with no pain, no disappointment, no suffering, no sadness, and no death. It is a thousand times better. Do you can remember playing and having fun when you were a kid, only to have it stopped because it was time to go, or someone got hurt, or some mean kids started a fight? In heaven the fun does not end until you decide to stop.
If you have a choice between eternal torment or eternal happiness which would you choose?
If you are a here-and-now person, you have chosen eternal torment in order to enjoy the semi-pleasures of this world for probably 10, 20, or maybe 30 more years. Then, that’s it for you. On the other hand, if you focused on God’s will and purpose for your life, then you have chosen eternal joy and happiness that will never end. There really is only one way for anybody with common sense to take. Its God’s way. A-men
If you have chosen to repent from being a here-and-now person, ask the Lord to forgive you and to come into your heart and guide your steps and decisions. Renounce the world and all of its gain and start to place your hope in heaven.