6/17/2014 7:39:26 AM
Life is Short - Death is Sure
We all recognize that death is unavoidable, but physical death is not the most serious consequence of this life. More sobering is what will follow death: "after this the judgment" (Heb 9:27). For born-again Christians, death has lost its sting because of Christ's death and resurrection. Death is but an open door into the presence of our Savior. However, for those who die without Christ, they will experience another death in the eternal lake of fire. The solemn reality of standing before our Creator to give an account should cause everyone to seek a right standing before God. This can only be accomplished by forsaking our own filthy rags of righteousness and receiving the gift of Christ's perfect righteousness by grace through faith in Him.
No one knows what tomorrow will bring. Life is but a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes (James 4:14). Compared with the endless ages of eternity, man's average lifespan is so short. Those who understand this eternal perspective, will see the folly of trading a few short years of pleasure, popularity, and power for eternal torment in the Lake of Fire. As Christ said, "What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?" (Mt 16:26)?
This eternal perspective should motivate all Christians to share the Gospel of Christ with others. Each soul we meet is an eternal being who will never cease to exist. Either they will enjoy eternal bliss in God's presence, or eternal torment in the Lake of Fire. May we keep that eternal perspective firmly in our hearts. May we seek to rescue as many as we can from the broad road that leads to destruction, pointing them to the narrow way that leads to life everlasting. Let us all share the glorious Gospel of Grace with compassion and urgency!