"But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." II Peter 3:8
Where will you be in a thousand years? How long is a thousand years anyway? Do we know anyone who has lived that long? It is only a drop in the bucket compared to eternity. If you are like me, it is hard to comprehend. A thousand years? A million years? One day is sometimes long to me. One year is long enough with all the plans we make.
But eternity will not seem long because we will be with Jesus. It wouldn't seem long anyway because "long" cannot describe eternity. At the end of one thousand years, eternity will only have begun.
Where we are throughout eternity makes a big difference in how long it will seem. If we spend eternity in hell, it will seem like we have been there forever, and rightly so, because it will be forever. If we spend eternity in heaven, we probably will never once think about time. There will be no clocks in heaven and no calendars to keep a schedule.
The choices we make determine where we will spend the first thousand years in eternity. Of course, they also affect where we spend the rest of eternity. One choice can send us toward and eternity with the devil and his angels or to an eternity with Christ and His saints.
Jesus wants you to spend eternity with Him in glory. He came to earth to conquer the grave and the power of Satan and to make it possible for us to live in victory over Satan. He gave us His life-blood to give us peace and joy. His blood points us toward and eternity with God, praising Him for the first thousand years plus all of eternity.
The last verse of the familiar hymn Amazing Grace states, "When we've been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, We've no less days to sings God's praise, Than when we first begun."
One day with Jesus is worth more than a lifetime on earth.