The Urgency of the Gospel Part 2

Yesterday I wrote that we should feel a sense of urgency toward the Gospel because Jesus could return at any moment.  Today, I want us to understand we should have a sense of urgency because life is short.  James 4:14 reminds us “. . .for what is your life?  It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”  I realize this isn’t exactly the most pleasant thought in the world, but do you realize that from the moment you were born, you began to die?  Do you know what humans and the world have in common?  They both have more time behind them than they do in front of them.  The truth of the matter is we are getting older and death is getting closer and closer.  Again that may not be the most appealing thought you have today, but it doesn’t make it any less true.  There comes a time in our life (generally after a life changing event such as a heart attack, stroke, cancer, etc) in which we begin to think about our own death.  I guess that is ok as long as we have that life changing event.  But what about those who don’t have that “wake up call?”  Many times after our life changing event we sit down and begin to get our affairs in order.  That is all well and good, but the Bible urges us to get our affairs in order as soon as we can because our life is here today and gone tomorrow.  God never promised us that we would have a life changing moment that would allow us to get our affairs in order.  I remember when I use to sell life insurance we were trained that when a person said “I don’t think I really need life insurance right now” we were to say “I hope you don’t need it right now, but it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.”  The same is true about facing our own death and eternity.  It is better to be prepared for it now, then to step out into eternity unprepared because then there is nothing you can do to change it.  We all know we need to be prepared for anything.  It is one thing to not have milk or bread when a snowstorm comes and the roads are blocked for a day or two.  It is another thing entirely to not be prepared for your eternity.  Take the time today to make sure you are prepared for eternity, whenever it begins for you.  To know you are prepared I refer you back to Acts 2:38 just like yesterday, “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins.”  Don’t put off until tomorrow that which must be done today, because tomorrow may never come!

By His grace and through His strength may we live for Him

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