Grace and peace be unto you.
The Journey continues…
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). According to the World Health Organization, at least 4.6 million people have died from COVID-19 to date. These are people of different ages and races. Death is not partial, everyone will die eventually, hence it is only a matter of time before it comes for you. The important question is, are you ready? The Bible says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).
The parable is often told about the rich man who was planning to build a bigger barn. However, God told him that he would die the same night (Luke 12:16-20). He was so focused on planning for his temporal needs that he ignored his spiritual needs and the things that matter most to the Lord. Is the Lord directing your activities? The Bible teaches that there is life after death, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life (John 5:24). Have you made plans for this life?
Scripture says, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Satan uses a variety of techniques to distract unbelievers from hearing and accepting the gospel. One of his techniques is utilizing incorrect messages such as, wealth brings happiness, there is not much enjoyment in having a relationship with Christ, Christians are hypocrites, and love of self should be priority. These messages are appealing to unbelievers and so they are involved in activities that have no eternal significance. Therefore, we must pray that their eyes and mind will be opened so that they can accept salvation, “God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).
While we pray for unbelievers to be saved, we must examine our lives to ensure that we are following Christ. We can begin by asking these two questions, are we obeying his commands? Is he pleased with our conduct? During Jesus’s earthly ministry, he stated that his father never left him alone because he always did what pleased him (John 8:29). The reality is that only those who obey God will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The Bible says, on that day, many believers will claim that they prophesied in Jesus’s name and cast out devils but he will say to them, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23). Therefore, let us make our calling and election sure by serving the Lord with our heart, mind, soul, and body.