According to the CIA, the worldwide mortality rate is staggering. On average, somewhere around the world (some on different continents, others in our neighborhood), 107 people die every minute. That comes out to 1.8 deaths per second. That means that in the 20 minutes it takes me to post this blog, 2,140 more people will be dead…and their eternity will be decided.
I know that’s not a real upbeat way to start this blog, but those numbers haunt me. Especially when I preach. I wonder how many of the 154,080 people who will die in the next 24 hours didn’t take time to make sure their eternal destination was secure. And even worse, how many had many, many opportunities to give their lives to Jesus, and said, “I’ll do it tomorrow,” but tomorrow never rolled around. And did any of those people who will die this week hear me preach on Sunday and not respond to the invitation for salvation? I hope not.
Yesterday I taught the second-to-last message in our verse-by-verse study through Revelation called The Reckoning. It may have been the most important (and definitely the most urgent) message of the whole series. All throughout our text in Revelation 22, God reminded us that He told us about the events of the end of the world because they will “shortly take place,” and “the time is at hand.” And to really drive the point home, Jesus said multiple times, “Behold, I am coming quickly.”
The message is clear: the end is near. We must act now.
If you’ve never given your life to Jesus, you need to. Today.
If you have given your life to Jesus, I hope your life is defined by urgency and expectancy. Jesus is coming and our time to share the news of eternity is running short.
Make sure to watch or listen to Sunday’s message HERE and pass it on to a friend that needs Jesus. It could change their life!
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. – Romans 13:11