I was laying in bed at 2:00 a.m. worrying about a situation at work. My mind was racing trying to figure out a solution. The longer I thought about it, the more I could feel anxiety building inside of me. I finally called out to God, “I need Your help!”
But God didn’t give me the answer to my work problem; instead He gave me a revelation that shook me to the core.
In fact, I had to get out of bed and write this devotional. This was the thought: I was losing sleep over a problem at work; yet, how often do I lose sleep over the people I know are on their way to hell because they are not born again?
Friends, I needed this fire lit under me.
You see, lately God has been making me acutely aware of the frailty of life and the finality of death. In fact, the weekend after I returned from New Zealand, the Spirit led me to work feverishly for nearly the entire weekend on a tract about my personal testimony of salvation. You see, while I was in New Zealand, I sorely regretted that I had not taken the time to write my testimony tract before the trip because I would have had it to hand out to the people I met—the waitress, the person I sat next to on the plane, etc. Barring some miracle, I likely won’t see these people again. I may have been the only person they will ever meet who knows Jesus! If they die without Christ, there will be no more opportunity for them to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. The Bible says,
“it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Hebrews 9:27
If we are born again, we have the keys to God’s kingdom. The Gospel is the “power of God unto salvation.” (Romans 1:16) Faith in God comes by hearing the Gospel through the Word of God. Those who are born again are God’s messengers:
“How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:15b-17
The person I meet today might be dead tomorrow. Does their eternal destiny matter enough to keep me up at night praying for their soul to be saved? Does my mind race to find a way to share the Gospel with them?
Furthermore, am I ever sleepless because of my desperate concern for those I KNOW and LOVE who have NOT received God’s gift of salvation?
I don’t want to imagine spending eternity with God knowing that I will never see my loved ones because they are eternally separated from God in a place of torment!!! Ah, my friend, I’m grateful God used this thought to jolt me out of bed. I needed God to give me an urgency about sharing the Gospel. In eternity, my work problem won’t even be a blip on the radar. What WILL matter is whether I will see you. What WILL matter is whether I see everyone I love.
Jesus died, He rose, and He lives. He paid the penalty for our sins so we could be reconciled to God. Jesus said “no man comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Have you received Christ as your Lord and Savior? Do you have a testimony to explain your salvation to others?
“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7
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I have this same issue. The Lord is my three A.M. wake up call! Last night I woke up with three words stuck in my mind. I instantly knew they were from the holy spirit. They were “Time is short.” I knew father God was reminding me Jesus is coming back soon. People do not have any more time to waist! I am working harder on praying for the lost. No one should end up in the torment of Hell. Sin and evil are running rampant. Satan is destroying as many people as he can. If every blood bought, spirit filled Christian started to pray with passion we could rock those gates of Hell!
Yes! Share the Gospel!!! Blessings, my friend.
I feel this. When my brother recently passed this hit me hard. He was a marine and a child crisis detective for the Tulsa police department and everyone was talking and posting on Facebook about all the good he had done. Yes, he had and I was super proud of that and I shared that but I also chose to share how all that was good but those good works didn’t get him into heaven. The fact that he accepted Jesus Christ into his heart, that he was saved is what got him into heaven. I also shared how everyone was talking/posting about seeing him again but we all needed to examine our lives, are we saved, are we truly gonna see him again or is that just something people are just “saying” cause that’s what people do. Since then it’s been in my heart to share every chance I get the true salvation of Jesus. What it takes to get into heaven, it’s not being a “good” person, or doing good deeds although we are to walk as close to Christlike as possible there is only one way into heaven and that’s Jesus Christ.
I’m so glad that your brother was born again, but at the same time feel sorrow for you as I know you miss him so much. My prayers are with you. Feel free to share the link to any of the salvation messages on this website that you think will help anyone! Appreciate you and your family.
God has been impressing on me the urgency to be more bold in sharing the Gospel. Thank you for yet another reminder. I praise Gifford you and your daily witness.
What a blessing to share the Gospel!!