The End Is Near

The end is near, but it’s not too late. Everyone is closer to eternity every day, and we don’t witness as we should, but what do you do when every day could be someone’s last (even though no one is promised tomorrow)? When it’s down to the wire? You suddenly realize it’s now or maybe never. Heaven or hell? Be brave and bold; lay it all out on the line. You have nothing to lose, but they have it all to lose. Take every chance to bring the truth to light and let the chips fall where they may; they may ignore you, get angry with you, or you may just save a life. When God calls you to be a watchman it may be someone’s last chance. What have you got to lose?

I have a friend of a friend who has terminal cancer and it won’t be long, it seems before he is out of time. In fact, my husband and I have been invited to a get together for this very reason, sort of a going away party, as morbid as that might sound. If you think about it, even Christians would think that’s morbid even though we proclaim to believe that being away from the body is to be at home with the Lord.

“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8(NKJV)

However that, I believe is a discussion for another day.

However, this is the reason we know that we have to go and make certain we, who claim to have the keys to eternal life must make certain that he is a believer, and if not, we must give our friend every chance to be saved and sealed for the Lord Jesus Christ. Some people say, “You can’t run around telling people they’re going to hell; you might offend them.” Hell is not only real, but a fact of daily life where more are closer to it than they possibly ever will know. Unfortunately, Christians also act as if hell is not real; we say we believe it, the Bible says it’s true, but when it’s down to the wire, the question is, will we warn of the real danger and offer a better way, or will we “hide our light under a bushel?”

Under normal circumstances timidity can possibly be understood, even though there’s really no excuse, but when we look into the face of someone we know, loved by those we love, what real excuse can be given should you fail to speak the words of life before it’s too late?

Pastor James MacDonald from Walk the Word Ministries says it this way, “Every single day we pitch our tents one day’s march closer to eternity.” This means every single night when we go to bed, we have one less day on earth to live. And one day we simply will not wake up in our beds at home, but those sealed by God will awake in Heaven, and those not written in the Lamb’s book of life… It’s hard to think of that but it’s a reality. There are many things that stand in the way of that truth, but none these should be a hinderance especially to Christians, including myself who fear for their own self-image. That is a bitter pill to swallow, but the truth will set you free. But first it will make you mad.

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I'm a bookkeeper, a writer of lyrics and devotional articles and a passionate lover of Jesus Christ. I am married (20 years) with 2 daughters and live in Louisa County VA, which is between Charlottesville and Richmond.

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