The River of Life Blog that I sent out yesterday should have been introduced by this one, which explains the reason for it. Sorry – my fault for getting the order wrong!
Each of us, believer or unbeliever, has to face the reality that there is a time to die. As I approach my own eightieth birthday, I become ever more conscious of the fact that ‘here we have no continuing city’ (Hebrews 13:14) and that a future and permanent eternal home awaits those who know and love the Lord.
I’m also conscious that the pressures of war, finances and social circumstances are making people think more seriously about the greater issues of life – and, also, death. But, how do you communicate with people who in our agnostic age have no spiritual knowledge or framework within which to consider such issues?
As you will have seen from my recent Blogs, God has been impressing upon me the urgency of bringing in an end-time harvest. Jesus’s lament about the man who wanted to build bigger barns in which to store his wealth has always impacted my spirit, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you . . . this is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich towards God” (Luke 12:20-21). Clearly, in the overall scheme of things, being “rich towards God” is of pre-eminent importance.
The world we live in today is a far cry from God’s original plan. How far we have fallen. More than ever, there is an urgency for believers to recognize that time may be shorter than we think and that the harvest is waiting to be gathered in. Do we really want to ignore Jesus’ final plea for the salvation of lost souls?
Recently, I was asked to write something that could be sent, emailed or given to an unbelieving friend, that could start him thinking about the issues of life, death and eternity. I prayed much about what to say and how to say it. The result is a piece I have entitled “The River of Life” and which I am now publishing for the first time.
This Blog is simply an explanation of what will follow in the next one! I have issued The River of Life as a separate piece, so that you can forward it to anyone you wish – especially to those who don’t yet know the Lord or who could use it in personal evangelism. This has not been written as a comprehensive theological statement, but as a taster to start people asking the right questions.
As the days get darker the urgency of the Gospel must take priority in our thinking. I pray that God will use this to direct many towards the Gates of Heaven, so that, at the moment their life will be demanded of them, they will know where they are going.
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