In a perfect world, all live forever, in perfect health, and all prosper equally. However, we don’t live in that world, yet. We are stuck in a world where the wicked live old, become mighty and prosper greatly. Despite this fact, God gave his saints the promise of this life and the life to come.
What kind of life can a Christian expect to live here on planet earth? The same kind of life that Christ and his apostles had to endure. Does this scare you? A Christian life is not for the weak of heart. Once a person obeys the gospel of Christ they also take on them a cross to bear. If they refuse to bear this cross they are not worthy even to be called a Christian. All, and I mean all faithful Christians will be tried and persecuted for the cause of Christ (2 Tim 3:12). Take note, a Christian is not persecuted because they do evil but because they do good (1 Pet 2:20,21). Not because they do the works of men but because they do the works of God. Christians should not be ashamed of this kind of persecution because it lets the world know that they belong to Christ (1 Pet 4:16). If a Christian endures these trials unto the end they shall receive a crown of life (Jam 1:12).
A sinner’s life doesn’t always mean a easy life. The ways of a sinner is hard. If they drink and drive they can kill themselves. If they take illegal drugs they can overdose. If they have illicit sex outside of their marriage they can obtain a STD (sexual transmitted disease). If they smoke cigarettes they can get can cancer or heart disease. Point being, all will die for a cause. A sinner dies for the cause of their transgressions. A Christian dies for the cause of Christ. A sinner’s reward for their excessive behavior is eternal damnation in hell. A Christian’s reward for their obedience and faithfulness is eternal life with God in heaven. The question I have for you is, who are you dying for?