A Googol Years and Counting

Around 1930 American mathematician Edward Kasner asked his nephew to choose a name for the number that is a one followed by 100 zeros, and the boy called it a googol. That was the intended name for the search engine Google, except the word was misspelled. The website was named for this massive number because its founders wanted “to organize a seemingly infinite amount of information on the web.” Take into account that the estimated number of atoms in the universe doesn’t even come close to a googol, and you get an idea just how big of a number it is. But in light of eternity, googol is a small number in terms of years. Infinitely small, in fact. After reaching a number of years equal to a googol times a googol, it seems like nothing. And then the time period seems to get ever smaller as eternity passes on.

The concept of eternity is unfathomable, and there's nothing in this present life that’s worth giving up Heaven for. I remember a car commercial from years ago that showed a man, who was obviously supposed to be the Devil in the flesh, having a contract and an ink pen when telling another man, “Let’s make a deal. You get the car and everything that comes with it.” The man being asked to sell his soul then starts to imagine all the good things that would allegedly come with this car. About to trade his soul for it, he changes his mind when seeing that the price is affordable. What a stupid commercial! I guarantee you that after I’ve been in Heaven for a googol years, still filled with joy that will never end, I will have no regrets for giving up anything that would have jeopardized my soul. I won’t be there saying, “If only I hadn’t skipped that party where I could have done whatever I wanted with some of the most beautiful women.” That’s one scenario among many, none of which can compare to the promise of eternal life for obedience to God.

You may have seen an ad that guarantees something for life for a one-time fee. Whether that something is a gym membership, car washes, or whatever is beside the point I’m making. Depending on the price, you may not live long enough for it to be a bargain. But if you could live for eternity, it would be a bargain no matter what the cost. That’s a major understatement for the bargain of eternity in Heaven and whatever rewards may await you there. The smallest of rewards is priceless when it can be enjoyed for eternity. I want you to really think about this. What awaits Christians in Heaven is forever, whereas every luxury on Earth is temporary. To quote Jesus, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)

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