Thursday, February 9, 2017

In Just 10 Seconds

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

I don’t think one can be reminded enough that we are living in the “last days.” Like the songwriter, Andre Crouch, used to sing, “Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King!” I think it’s close enough to stop looking for signs and start listening for trumpet sounds. But, He isn’t here yet, and there are millions of people alive today who won’t be here then either, should He tarry.

If it takes you 10 seconds to read this paragraph, 18 people will have gone into eternity. Every hour, over 6 thousand; every day, over 155 thousand; ever year, over 55 million. These alarming statistic should remind us of these three things:
  • Life is fragile. The Bible says it’s like a vapor; here one moment, gone the next. 
  • Death is inevitable. The Bible says it’s an appointment everyone will meet; it’s unstoppable and inescapable. 
  • Christ is the hope we need. Flu shots can’t save you. The United Nations isn’t any help either. Christ is the Way, “No one comes to the Father except by Me,” He said [John 14.6].
Since God has shown us the conclusion of human history in the Bible, let’s obey Him by following the “Great Commandment” to “make disciples in all the nations…” [Matthew 28.19-20].

Are you a little nervous about this? Or, wondering how to do it? First, ask the Lord to help you; for strength, wisdom, and opportunities to witness. And, maybe you can find inspiration in this old hymn…

Rescue the perishing, Care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o'er the erring one, Lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus the mighty to save.

Down in the human heart, Crushed by the tempter,
Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;
Touched by a loving heart, Wakened by kindness,
Chords that are broken will vibrate once more.

Rescue the perishing, Duty demands it; 
Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;
Back to the narrow way patiently win them,
Tell the poor wand'rer a Savior has died.

Rescue the perishing, Care for the dying;
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.
- Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915)

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life… But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. John 5:39-40

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