The Dash Between Two DatesDecember 22, 2009 at 7:16 pm | Posted in Salvation | 3 Comments
Tags: altar calls, Ephesians 2, James 4, Jesus Christ, Job 14, John 3, Romans 10, Romans 3, Romans 6, tombstones
When someone dies, it may appear that his whole life was summed up in a dash. John Doe, 1930-2009. That dash between the two dates may seem long or short at the end of our lives, but the fact is, none of us ever really know how close we are, at any given moment, to the end of that dash.
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
A good question to ask ourselves is what are we going to do with that little dash between two dates while there is time. Will we spend it on ourselves? Will we spend it pursuing silly, vain things? Or will we give it to the Lord? The offer of redemption is for a limited time only – you must by faith receive Jesus, and the price He paid, before you die and before He comes back.
According to the Bible, everyone has sinned, and all sin is against God, Who is holy and just (Romans 3:23). The wages of sin is death (eternal punishment). But God, Who is also loving, would rather give you a free gift than pay you what you have earned (Romans 6:23). This gift must be received by faith. You cannot work for it (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9,13).
Eternal salvation comes from believing that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world, and specifically your sins – that He was perfectly sinless, God’s perfect Sacrifice Who died in your place – that He was buried, and rose from the dead on the third day, according to the Scriptures – and that He is alive and able to save you now (John 3:3-7, John 3:16, I Corinthians 15:3-4).