Just want to get to the brass tacks this morning. After reading Jesus' account of the rich man and Lazarus earlier, I realize that I don't keep the reality of eternity in the forefront of my mind enough.
We are each given a span of years to occupy physical bodies on this earth, but that span of years is miniscule in comparison to the time we will spend after we breathe our last. When that door opens, we will step into eternity. No going back. No re-do. No oops, give me one more chance.
If I put myself in the rich man's perspective in Luke 16, I begin to suffocate at the thought of no hope. The thought of complete torment and a forever separation from the Lord overwhelms me. Then I dare to look from Lazarus' perspective - he and Abraham could see the man in torment, but they knew that there was no possibility to help.
I think of the Scripture, "Today is the day of salvation." We are not promised tomorrow. I urge you to not only make certain that you are ready to walk through that door to forever, but also to do whatever you can to make sure those around you are ready, also. There will be no helping them later.
If you happen to read this, and you don't know if you are ready - I encourage you to embrace this prayer below in your heart and offer it to the Lord. Make sure today. To be with the Lord forever is the underlying goal of all life. To be separated from Him with no hope...nothing is worth that.
Dear Lord, I acknowledge that You created me. I have not lived for You, but I have lived for myself. Even when I am doing my best as a human being, I am still a sinner. I believe that Your Son, Jesus, came to this earth in the flesh and lived among us. I believe that You sent Him to die on the cross for me, to pay for my sins so that I can be washed clean. I believe that He rose from the dead on the third day and is in heaven now waiting for me to choose Him. Please save me. Please wash away all my sins, and please help me to live as the new creation I become in Jesus. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen.
Luke 16:19-31, 2 Corinthians 6:2