To put this life in perspective we must set it beside the life to come. Lewis does that for us in the final paragraph of the Chronicles of Narnia. In the final scene, Aslan assures Peter, Edmund, and Lucy with these words:
“The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream has ended; this is morning.”
Lewis then brings the story to a final conclusion:
“And as he spoke he no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
The current life is not the best life we will ever live. As Lewis suggests, “every chapter” will be “better than the one before.” This is not the longest life we will ever live. As Lewis also suggested, this life is merely the “title page” to eternity.
Nevertheless, this may will be the most important life we will ever live. For it is during this brief, adventure filled journey that so many decisions of eternal consequence are made. It is now, during this life, that we are presented with the choice to become followers of Christ. It is now, in this life, that free grace begins to be experienced.
The entrance way by which we enter the Kingdom of God is found on this side of eternity.
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way” (Matthew 7:13, NLT).
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