We don’t know “what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). We are given time on earth in a body that is dying but houses a soul that will exist eternally in a new body or in damnation. What we do in our time here will determine whether we have eternal life or eternal death. “Every man has his day,” we say.
Jesus told of a man who was very successful financially but was very much a failure in things of God that would have secured him in eternity. The man raised such abundant crops that he planned to build larger barns for storing his goods and live off them for many years. He would take life easy and enjoy his wealth and even spoke to his soul about his plan. “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided” (Luke 12:20)?
Another rich man “had his day.” It seems that judgment for him would have been different if he had shared his wealth with a poor afflicted man who sat close to his gate hoping for a bite to eat, a man who knew God. Both men died and went into eternity. The rich man found himself in the flames of Hell and thought of the beggar named Lazarus who he must have known served God. He prayed that he might bring him a drop of water to cool his tongue but it was impossible. He then prayed that he be sent to his five brothers with the warning to live so that they wouldn’t go to that place of torment where he was. “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them” (Luke 16:29) was his answer.
We ministers don’t like to talk about Hell especially when speaking to someone headed there, but that is the one who needs to be warned, the one we want to save. Also, if God sends the preacher to warn of coming judgment like a watchman on the wall warning of coming danger and he obeys, he delivers his own soul, but if he refuses to warn, he himself, will be lost. Warning puts the responsibility upon the hearer. The warning is the Truth that saves.
The saving message is Jesus Christ the sinless Son of God whom the Father sent to save every man, woman, boy and girl. Old Testament worshippers waited for Jesus as they offered sacrifices typical of Him and pointing to Him. One day He came and offered Himself once for all and lifted the heavy burden of sacrificing animals, bringing this day of grace. “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). Our day, our span of time, is a time for preparation for a better life than we can have on earth in these decaying bodies.
“For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
“Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts” (Hebrews 4:7). Tomorrow’s happiness depends upon actions taken today. Those who accept Christ’s saving plan will live one eternal day with Him in Heaven where our toils, tears, pain and sorrow are replaced by rest, joy and peace and we have glorified bodies. This is your day. Believe. Repent. Confess Christ. Receive water baptism and His indwelling Spirit. Your eternal day with our holy, loving God will be indescribable bliss!
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