Nearly a quarter million people died today, and yesterday, and that same amount will die tomorrow. This is the average amount of people that die every single day on this planet.
It can give pause to one when we see on the news outlets that six young people were killed in a traffic accident, or twelve in a boating one, the number seems inconsequential to the whole who perish every day, and, truth be told, unless it is someone you know personally, those daily 200,000 or so lives that end each day mean very little to us. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Heb. 9:27)
Every one of them will either open their eyes a few moments later and see the Savior, or hell, and it is then that we begin to see them as what they are, part of us, part of the human family.
Those that attempt to reach slowly the lost, who believe the person they are speaking with will be here tomorrow do not contemplate these truths, these undeniable facts, they believe they have time. “LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.” (Psalm 39:4)
That word appointed not only means inevitable, but a specific time, as the verse just offered in Psalms does, there is a moment in time that will be the last moment you draw breath on this planet.
I believe many pastors fall into this trap of time, so to speak, for they have seen the same faces with few exceptions every Sunday, some for many years. They expect to see them next Sunday, and so there is no fervency, no emergency to make sure, to be positive that the face looking back at them is truly one of a brother or sister in Christ. A street preacher, or one who attempts to reach out to the lost over the internet does not have this convenience of time, it requires a soul that feels an urgency, for we may never speak with or meet this person again. To this there can be no beating around the bush, as it is said, the questions must be asked, the promises of the Word of God offered, and as such those that do not feel this urgency label those that do as those who attempt to “shove Jesus down others throats.”
How many of you can relate to these words, how many of you have come home after having a conversation with a lost soul that did not have within it one word from the Scriptures, and then found out that person died that night? Was it your fault they went to eternal damnation? Of course not. Were you the last one that the Lord sent to them before they died? This is the question then to this short letter; this is the point of it. Does the Lord send us to people to speak to them about Him?
Are you a servant of the Most High God, are you not commanded to go into all the world and spread the good news of Jesus Christ? Have you been sent, or are there only coincidences, happenstance encounters with those who do not know Him?
200,000 plus every single day, most of them going to hell. because Matthew 22:14 is true, “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
One, that is who the Lord God generally sends us to, one person at a time. So then, this person, are you expecting them to be alive tomorrow, or do you speak with them, and nearly all you meet with that sense of urgency? Until they make it plain to you in the conversation that they do not want to hear the message you have been sent to them with, do not stop talking. They may not be here tomorrow.