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Go tell the World…

December 4, 2010

I spent a few hours late last night in the hospital visiting some  friends who are in the process of saying goodbye to their 17 year old son. Due to some complications from a heart surgery he is going to meet his maker in Heaven. This visit was an emotionally difficult one for Shira and I to make as we knew it would bring us back a few years to when we “lived” so often in an ICU environment. Yet, we felt as they we were being called to shine HIS light.

Upon our return home in the middle of the night, I lay restless and awakened again a short hour or so later. As I tossed and turned, I prayed that God reveal to me what HE wanted to tell me, as I knew I was only awake because of a message that was forthcoming. After many minutes of this I “heard”… it is not what I want to tell you, but it is what I want you to tell the world.

Wow! I could ignore this or I could be obedient and share. As I listened more and more in the still of the wee early morning hours I was led to life is but a vapor. A message that is so often ingored because we do not want to think about the sting of death. Death is an uncomfortable topic. We want to believe that somehow it will only effect us or become real to us later on down the road. The harsh reality is my friends, we are not promised our next breath. Count the blessing you have in this moment. Live your life for today – plan for the future perhaps, but harvest what’s in season. We are such a “plan” oriented world – I feel we often miss out on what is under our noses as we stretch out to grasp that which is just out of reach.

James 4:13-14  Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money,  you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

Often we might get an indication that life is nearing its end, yet there are times when it hits us blindsided and we are brought suddendly there. Are you ready, if it happens to you? Do you know where you will spend your eternity? In this Christmas season, we are given to choice to exchange gifts. Have you ever received the gift of Jesus? Do you know what that means?

A billboard I saw in Florida over Thanksgiving read “Eternity is a long time to spend in Hell.” Sounds harsh, but is truth! Yeah, just maybe the Bible story is not true, Perhaps there is no Heaven or Hell, but what if there is? What then? I would rather believe and it not make a differnce in the end versus not believe and have it be the difference at the end.

Jesus was sent to earth to die for you and I and to cover our sins in exchange for our eternal life. HE was not sent here to condemn us.

John 3:17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

We are not perfect while still here on earth in the flesh, man will continue to fall short of the glory of GOD. However, one can submit to HIM and let a transforming work begin in their life. I have experienced this transforming work – it is an ongoing process. I have also experienced this pain of death and life being taken away. Both situations have become real to me.

Will you open this precious gift from God to you?

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