“A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” – Job 14:5
Most of us don’t like to think about death. Even worse than the thought of our own death is that of our loved ones. We avoid considering what happens when our spouses or parents or children die. The prospect is grim, but inevitable.
Have you ever noticed, though, the questions that are asked when someone dies?
“Who found them?” is often one of the first things asked. Along with it, we ask “what happened?” Among our chief concerns is “was it quick?” Finally we arrive to the other inevitable: “poor (insert loved one). What will they do now?”
In just a moment, a life ends. In that same moment, another’s life is changed indefinitely.
Imagine the difference if the “end” and the “change” occurred earlier. Imagine if it could be joyous, positive, and hopeful. That’s what happens in the other single moment that matters forever: the moment of salvation.
In just a moment, soul-death ends. In that same moment, a person’s life is changed forever.
Just as we don’t talk about death often despite its inevitability and the fact that it affects all of us, so also do we avoid the topic of salvation.
Even among Christians, salvation is a subject too sensitive, too offensive. The reason that both topics are taboo is this: none of us likes to acknowledge the reality of our condition –sinful and mortal.
But we must.
We must know that it only takes a moment to repent and ask the Lord for the free gift of eternal salvation. And it only takes a moment to die and miss out on that gift forever.
We all live in dread of a moment that must come but must not be the end. And yet so few of us will bravely and humbly stop one moment to end the end! How fragile our lives, Lord! How wicked our hearts!
Isn’t offense worth catching the one moment and changing forever rather than waiting for the other moment to question and regret? Take the time to share without apologizing and pray for wisdom that the Lord can use just that one moment, that once sentence, to make an offer that lasts forever.
“Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12