Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Philippians 2:12
We’re not guaranteed one more minute on this Earth!
That being said, I want to share a story. I heard this a long time ago and it has stuck with me ever since…
There was a husband and wife and they had two sons. One son was 17 and the other 13. On a Sunday morning, the mother and father were up getting ready for church. The 17 year-old was still in the bed asleep. The 13 year-old was up, but his parents didn’t know he was awake. He had gotten up, went into his parents’ room and was looking at his father’s 30/30 rifle. The boy, messing with the gun, put a round in the chamber. (As you know, when you put one in the chamber, it automatically cocks the gun.) The boy tried to ease the hammer down, when it slipped from under his thumb and the gun went off. The bullet went through a dresser drawer and a wall and struck his brother in the head. The father heard the round go off and, running into his room, saw the 13 year-old with the gun. He saw the direction the bullet had traveled, so he went into the boys’ room and saw his older son lying there.
Of course, you could only imagine what this family must have felt. I can tell you story after story like this that I’ve heard over my lifetime. That’s why I said we are not guaranteed another moment. We don’t know when our time might be up.
So, I ask you this…
Do you KNOW that you are right with God?
Did you make some type of profession of faith years ago, but in actuality have not been living for the Lord at all? Are you out of God’s will, or backslidden? Or maybe someone reading this blog hasn’t accepted Christ at all.
We don’t want to think about stories like this. We don’t want to think about death. We want to believe that these things won’t happen to us. It seems like we walk around with our heads in the clouds not wanting to face reality. I think it’s time to wake up and examine yourselves spiritually.
If you’ve never accepted Christ, I would say that now is the time to accept Him. (Click here for more on what it means and how to be saved.) If you’ve backslid, then now is the time to make it right. I assure you, you will be accepted back, just as the prodigal son was accepted by his father… with open arms. (See Luke 15:11-32)
I don’t know if this short message is for anyone or not. It may very well be. It’s just something I would think about.
Until next time…
Steven Walker Sr.