The day will come when there will be no more time for seeking and no more time for saving. One day it will be too late. What we do until that day will literally make an eternal difference.
Do you know that in the time it took you to read the above sentences eight people died? When you started this blog, eight people were alive who no longer are.
108 people die every minute. That means nearly 6500 people die every hour. Multiply that by twenty-four and we find that by the end of the day nearly 156,000 people will have died.
Times that number by 365 and you will quickly discover that by the end of this year roughly fifty-seven million will have died. In just six years, the equivalent of the population of the United States of America will be dead.
Where will they be?
Jesus tells us where in Matthew 25: “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit upon His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in His presence, and He will separate them as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at His right hand and the goats at His left. Then the King will say to those on the right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, 'Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his demons!...And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life."
Jesus says that everyone that ever lived will stand before Him. At that time, all of humanity will be separated into two groups. On the right will be those who followed Jesus, and on the left will be those who did not.
On that day, Jesus is going to turn to the group on His right and welcome them into Heaven to spend eternity with the Father. Jesus is then going to turn to those on His left, and He will send them away to eternal punishment.
What will it be like to stand with those on the right and hear Jesus invite you to spend eternity with Him? I think it will be unspeakably amazing!
But what will it be like when those with you on the right look over and see their friends, relatives, classmates, neighbors, and work associates standing with the other group? What will it be like to see your father, your daughter, your neighbor, that person you worked with on the left?
What will it be like to see their faces when Jesus tells them where they are going? What will it be like to hear their cries and pleas, to hear them begging for one final chance?
What will it be like if they see you over on the right, and cry out, “Why didn’t you tell me!? Why didn’t you let me know!?” What will that be like? I think it will be unspeakably gut-wrenching.
I guarantee when that day comes, you won’t be thinking, “I should have played more golf.” “I wish I had bought more video games.” “I didn’t get to watch enough TV.” “I should have put another five hours a week in at the office.”
You won’t be thinking any of that. What you will be thinking is, “Why didn’t I do more, say more, be more? Why didn’t I seek to be a world changer while there was still time?”
Understand. As sure as you are reading this sentence, that day will come. We have work to do before it arrives. The question is: Are you ready and willing to do that work?
The eternity of many hangs on your answer to that question.