One never knows when death will come. This is a statement that we hear often, yet usually disregard. The truth of the fact is that you truly never know when the Lord will call you home. You never know what day death will knock on your door. It is impossible for you to see what day the coffin will open and it will be you lying there, cold and still. This article is not meant to be morbid or inappropriate in any way, but rather to serve as a reminder that we never know what a day may bring forth.
I was reminded vividly of these statements this past week as I conducted a funeral for a young lady who had once been in my youth group. Much to the surprise and shock of the family the young lady was shot and killed on June 26 at the age of 20. I have spent much time this past week helping the family deal with the stress and anguish of losing a daughter and a sister. The family had conveyed that they want as many souls saved, and as many lives affected positively by this event as possible, that her death be not in vain. This is why I not only feel at liberty to write this short article, but almost compelled. Up to the time of the writing of this article we know that thirteen souls have been saved because of her death. Thirteen people realized that death could happen at any time for any of us; who chose to trust the Saviour. The young lady was saved, and now she is in Heaven. However, this story burns two questions deep into our hearts.
DO YOU TRULY KNOW FOR SURE THAT YOU HAVE A HOME IN HEAVEN?
Is this question settled securely in your heart? Have you truly had a moment in time that you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour? If you have any doubts whatsoever, then I beg you, PLEASE TRUST HIM TODAY!
WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?
As young people the temptation is there to play away the hours, to waste away the minutes. We desire to engross ourselves in video games and movie that takes us to another world and causes us to forget our own lack of accomplishment. When you pass away, my friend, the level of Temple Run that you attained, or the number of stars you earned in Angry Birds is not going to mean much. God will be much more interested in the souls you brought to the Saviour, the lives you affected with Christ, and the time you spent in fellowship with him. Now is the time when we need to accomplish the work that God sent us here to do. Don’t wait until you are older to begin the work, you never know how old you’ll be before death rests his stone-cold hand on your shoulder my friend. Do all you can for God today, because we may be gone tomorrow.
“Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.” -John Wesley