1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times – Week 8

When I hear the word, “mortality” I think of the saying, “Live your life backwards”.   This doesn’t mean in a morbid sense, but live your life with how you want to be remembered and the how you want to touch the lives of those sent your way. 

People are not comfortable at all about talking about death.  It frightens them and with the majority I think it is because they do not know Christ as their Savior.  Instead they immerse themselves into this world and all its trappings ignoring that someday they will face the Lord.

Christians become trapped in the merry-go-round of this life, focusing on temporal pleasures and desires, rather than focusing on the fact their life and all they do belongs to Him.  The cares of living can very much be a tool that Satan uses to entrap us and take our eyes off of Christ and  our purpose for Him.  They become as the seeds sown in the parable in Mark 4:16-19.

 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

This life seems so important and all consuming but it is so very small compared to eternity.  James 4:14 describes it perfectly. “ 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.”

A favorite analogy that has always stuck in my mind is “If you go to the ocean with an eye dropper and you put on drop of water in the ocean, that drop of water is your life and the ocean is eternity.”

We forget we are more spiritual beings than physical beings.  THis life on earth shouts and clamors for all our attention, but it is for a short time as we have seen.  Yet our souls live forever and our future with the Lord should be even more important than this life on earth.

If we can truly grasp how short this life is in the scheme of things, we will have an urgency to reach the lost and even help the “lambs” that have strayed back to the Lord.  If you walked by a house at night and it was on fire, and you knew the family was sleeping, wouldn’t you run in and do all you could to wake and rescue them?  To get them out before it was too late?   Yes!

Would you be afraid you would offend them?  No.  Would you be afraid you would make them angry?  No.  You would want to help them see the danger and flee.

Yet thousands are dying and going to spend an eternity in Hell and people sit by with the same excuses above: I might offend them or anger them.   They in even more danger than the people in the house fire!

Sunday morning in his sermon my husband shared a true story.  A town was celebrating, for the first time in a a long time, a full year with no drowning in the local pools. It was located at the swimming pool.  Over 200 people turned out and there were 100 life guards on hand.  As they celebration wound down the last 4 life guards were clearing everyone out.  There at the bottom of the pool they found a 31-year-old, fully clothed man. They quickly pulled him out and tried to resuscitate him but it was too late he was dead.  He had died surround by all those life guards.   This is like all those dying and going to an eternity in hell surrounded millions of Christians.  

We need to overcome our fears, put aside our selfish focus and reach those that truly need Christ.  Yes they may be offended and they may even get angry, but they might also accept Christ and then they will thank you.  If they refuse Him then you have planted a seed that someone else can come along and water that may ultimately lead to their salvation. We have no time to wait.  His coming is near.

(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)   2 Corinthians 6:2

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