Bible Ballistics: BBs #85 Desperate Futility or Deep Faith??
We’ve heard it– another prominent person ends their life. One who was outstanding at his trade: who had won all the recognition, accolades, awards and rewards of celebrity fame. Yet, life had been a struggle for him, as it is for all of us, but he had found no peace in all the worldly trappings. This precious life, given to each of us by God, was ended in desperation. A desperation that Jesus died to alleviate!!
Jesus said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” John 10:9-11
We can come to this ‘good shepherd’, or be pawns of the ‘thief’ who comes to ‘steal, and to kill, and to destroy’. Without Jesus, we have no defender against the cruel demons that plague men’s souls, we are children of disobedience, deceived by the enemy (see Eph. 2:1-3) But God came in the flesh to redeem those who would believe. It appears that this latest victim of the ‘thief’ had no inclination toward the Savior nor recognized his need for ‘redemption’, but while only God knows that, and He does; let us consider some significant truths.
Even genuine believers are sometimes deceived into doing harmful things to themselves and others. And we are called to help the weaker brothers; that we might all be found blameless when Jesus returns. But those without the Savior face an eternity of torment worse than what they’ve experienced in life. Not pleasant but true!!
In contrast, one seemingly ‘insignificant’ saint passed into eternity Monday, with little fanfare. She stepped out of the weariness of a failing body, into the arms of Jesus. Her last weeks and months had not been pleasant, but even in her pain and frailty, her thought was almost constantly, “I want to go home, to be with Jesus”. She held the line with grace, and confidence in the one to whom she belonged. Her passing leaves a great sorrow in the hearts of those who loved her, even though she received few accolades in her life. She gave love, laughter and joy to innumerable people, including me. I thank God that I had the privilege to know her and share in just a small part of her life. Her accolades are in eternity with her Savior. And while you won’t hear about her on the news, Jesus has welcomed one of His own into glory. Why? Because she had placed her faith in Jesus not the trappings of the world.
I’d just like to close with some sober scriptures for each of us to ponder.
Hebrews 9: 27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” We will all die—no second chances. Where will you be? Those that you love?
2 Cor. 5:6-8, “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” If we choose Jesus here, we’ll be with Him forever there-in heaven. To not choose Him is Hell, for eternity.
Philippians 1:23-24, “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.” While I’m here, I am here with a purpose–to serve Him by helping others.
So?? Here’s our shot for today.
Don’t be deceived by the artificial trappings of the world—
they are empty clouds—
they will fail you.
Be sure you make the right choice—
because God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9b
James 1:22, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
It’s your choice—desperate futility or deep-rooted faith? Heaven or Hell?