Christ Is the Answer

"You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life. . . . But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life."
-John 5:39-40, emphasis added

I can't say this often enough: these are the last days! The Rapture is coming, and the Tribulation is almost upon us. So look up, for the King is coming! But He isn't here yet . . . and there are plenty of people alive today who won't be here then, either.

In the ten seconds of time it takes me to say this sentence, eighteen human beings awoke in eternity because they died on earth. Every hour, 6,464 more people die. That amounts to 155,131 per day, or 56 million a year. What should those alarming statistics mean to us? Three things:

1. Life is fragile. As the Lord has reminded us in His Word, our lives are but a vapor. We can be healthy, strong, and full of life today; yet, a tiny virus can make us sick tomorrow. The next day we can shiver and the following day we can fall over dead-just like the countless birds dying in Asia today. Life is too fragile to be wasted!

2. Death is inevitable. Although a few of us will be privileged to be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at Christ's coming all lost people and most believers have an appointment with death. Death is unstoppable and inescapable. With the weather growing more violent, people becoming more openly wicked, warfare becoming more globally lethal, and pestilences stalking the planet like never before, life is truly fragile and death is inevitable.

3.Christ is our only answer--our only hope. Flu shots cannot help our souls. The United Nations is not able to stop the growth of evil. Our only hope is found in God's Word. The only escape pathway is laid out by Him.

· God has given us the conclusion to human history- the Bible. Trust Him completely. Since people are the only investment that lasts eternally, invest heavily in disciple-making.

· God has given us a job to do while He is away- soul winning. Therefore, obey Him now. If you have not started to share the gospel, the good news about Jesus Christ, start today.

· God has given us a way to stay in touch with Him-time spent in the Word. If you haven't started regular devotions yet, begin now to make reading His Word and praying a priority.

· God has given us a means to start an investment account in heaven- sacrificial giving. So then, give sacrificially to support His church. Don't waste the money He's entrusted you with, because God has told us that the earth is doomed. Be a good steward by using His money wisely for Him.

Make a choice to live in hope:As we rapidly approach the end of days, you can find living and abiding hope by choosing to please God and make disciples for Christ. How can you start? Ask the Lord to help you apply what you have learned this week by making the words of this song a daily reality in your life:

Rescue the Perishing

Rescue the perishing, Care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o'er the erring one, Lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus the mighty to save.

Down in the human heart, Crushed by the tempter,
Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;
Touched by a loving heart, Wakened by kindness,
Chords that are broken will vibrate once more.

Rescue the perishing, Duty demands it; 
Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;
Back to the narrow way Patiently win them,
Tell the poor wand'rer a Savior has died.

Rescue the perishing, Care for the dying;
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.

-Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915)

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