For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. — Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
A young woman is murdered while out walking with her dad on a pier in San Francisco. Four unarmed Marines and a Navy sailor are gunned down by a Muslim Jihadist in Tennessee. A well-known and respected homebuilder is run over and killed by a drunk driver while on a bicycle in a gated community in our city.
What do these deaths have in common? They all happened unexpectedly and without warning, and most of the victims were young. The average age of all eight was 34. So much for the belief that you get to grow old before you get to die.
My friends, I know you've heard this before but it deserves to be said again, "Please don't put off until tomorrow what you should or could do today." You may not have tomorrow. Above all, get right with God today.
Life is brief, as David reminds us in Psalm 103:15-16: "Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone, as though we had never been here." So make every day count. Love your spouse and your family. Love your friends and your neighbors, but above all these:
"You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment." (Matthew 22:37-38).
None of us know when God will call our name and we will step into Heaven or Hell. The salvation plan is well known. If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, call someone who does and pray with them so you will be ready to leave this earth. This life is temporary. Eternity is forever. Tomorrow may be too late.
"Today is the day of salvation." - 2 Corinthians 6:1-2
WHAT IS JESUS WORTH TO YOU?
It's easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily . . . (Luke 9:23).
But who do you know who lives like that? Do you? Do I? Would we? Should we? This book is a highly recommended read for the New Year.
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When Christ died on the cross for us, he said, "It is finished" (John 19:30). The Greek word translated "it is finished" was commonly written across certificates of debt when they were canceled. It meant "paid in full." Christ died so that the certificate of debt, consisting of all our sins, could once and for all be marked "paid in full."
— Randy Alcorn, Heaven
Now that's Good News! Thank you, Jesus.