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JOHNNY CASH AND JOHN RITTER

Just a few days ago, many of you probably weren't very familiar with either Johnny Cash or John Ritter. They were both famous in their days and were both quite talented in their own ways.

Cash and Ritter both won numerous awards. just last week, Johnny Cash was nominated for a music video award. They both made people laugh, and sometimes made people cry. They were both on national television at times. John Ritter was once one of the most popular male stars on prime-time television, and Johnny Cash was probably the most widely recognized country singer of his day. Both men were likely very wealthy.

How much of that matters today, though? Both men are now either in a place of torment or delight (Luke 16:28, Matthew 25:41, Matthew 18:8). They now know their eternal fate, and that permanent fate is not based on how many people knew of them while they were alive. Eternal destiny is not determined by fame.

Eternal destiny is not determined by the amount of money that a person makes during his or her life. The rich man in Luke 16 who went to torment was apparently very wealthy, but that did not matter in the least after he died.

In fact, very few things really matter to a person after he dies. If Johnny Cash could speak to you right now, he would advise you to follow the Lord, to "walk the line" in a very real way, as discussed in I John 1:7 and Ephesians 5:8, because Cash, just  like everybody else who dies, has found out what really matters: a right relationship with the Lord.

If John Ritter could address America from beyond the grave, he would insist that pleasing the Lord is far more important than pleasing or entertaining people.

In all reality, though, that principle is true and relevant whether or not Johnny Cash or John Ritter is saying it. It's true because the Bible teaches it.

'When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then Shall be sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him Shall be gathered all nations: and he Shall Separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and be Shall Set the Sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left."  Matthew 25:31-33