Quick Thought: “While You Can” FOLLOW-UP #2
In the “Follow-up #1” post published just a few days ago, I wrote this: “In the previous post I mentioned the thousands of people who simply showed up to their office on September 11, 2001, and four college students in Idaho who simply went to sleep for the night and three in Virginia who simply boarded a bus for a class trip later that very same day, November 13, 2022, and the very near-miss of an NFL player in the middle of a Monday Night Football game a few weeks ago – and just last night it was ten people at a ball dance hall in Monterey Park, California. But there will be many, many others in the coming months and years and probably days and even hours. Which is why I put Follow-up “#1” in this post’s title. Because there will absolutely be Follow-up examples “#2” and “#3” and so on. Because just as the path of believers “shines brighter and brighter” throughout their lives on earth (Proverbs 4:18) so also unbelievers “will proceed from bad to worse” throughout theirs (2 Timothy 3:13).”
It’s unfortunate whenever people who don’t know the Lord slip into an eternity in hell (forever and ever and ever)… but fully predictable, based on what the Bible clearly teaches about human nature, the innate/default sinfulness of humanity, and its propensity to get progressively worse, even as the redeemed grow progressively better (more and more righteous and pure) like the sun which grows brighter and brighter each morning into the afternoon. (To evoke another classic TV commercial which unintentionally proclaimed biblical truth, when it comes to the Bible and everything one may need or encounter in life, “it’s in there!”
… how overflowing with wisdom and truth and light and good guidance and all-sufficient it truly is!)
And surely enough, “within days or even hours” the national news headlines that evening and the next day brought word of several more mass murderers, of many more people who suddenly and unexpectedly left this life and slipped into eternity: this time in Half Moon Bay, California (seven as of this writing) and Red Springs, North Carolina (three) – just on Monday alone.
Unfortunately for the victims and those who love them and all of us who value souls and understand the finality of one’s eternal destination, there will be more. Many, many more in the years and months and days and, yes, even hours to come. So please read the rest of this post which I’m pasting straight from Monday’s and “be all the more diligent to make CERTAIN” about where YOU will be spending all eternity when your life on earth ends, whether that ends up being fifty years from now or fifty minutes… once that happens it’s too late to do anything about it, but God has given us RIGHT NOW to take care of this most important of matters. “Tomorrow” is guaranteed to nobody, only today and more accurately, the here and now. May we use it wisely.
(The following is reprinted from the previous post… and definitely worth repeating…)
As near-impossible as it is for human nature to do, I strongly encourage YOU to “brand your brain” with the firm fact that YOUR final day (yes, YOU!) and MY final day could be today or tomorrow or even ten or twenty or fifty years from now but the main thing is to realize that it could be today so as to give the urgency due to such an all-important matter, in fact the ONLY thing that truly matters in this entire life: where one will spend the life to come.
James 4:14 comes to a crystal-clear conclusion: compared to eternity, this current life is literally like a single breath on a cold morning. And 2 Peter 3:8 confirms that in eternity “one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” The fact is that one day in eternity is equal to infinity days on earth, but omniscient God knows everything including the fact that our finite human minds, which He created and designed, can’t truly comprehend infinity so He put it in terms we can understand and digest easily, to make the exact same (poignant) point.
And, in the words of an old TV ad, eternity is final: each and every person will in one split-second check in but will never, ever, ever check out.
Which is why I always say that the ONLY thing that truly matters in THIS life is that which impacts the NEXT one.
Please don’t put off for another day, even another minute, taking the time and focus to CONFIRM, to “make certain about” where you’ll be spending it.
- “… be all the more diligent to make certain about” your salvation (2 Peter 1:10) – that you’ll be spending eternity in Heaven, not Hell. In unquestionable freedom and pleasure, not unquenchable fire and pain.
Because like I said in the previous post, the clock is ticking.
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