When the party is over

viaadmin Current Issue, Volume 46

There are many people, and you may be one of them, who believe that life should be one never-ending party; friends to meet, places to go, things to get and do, seeking constant amusement in the pursuit of happiness, needing non-stop activity to fill the emptiness inside, to fight the boredom that surrounds them. Drugs, alcohol, immoral relationships, money and music are some of the most popular choices in this party called life. We don’t want to think about the fact that the party will end.

However, there is an enemy to all this pleasure-seeking excitement. It is death. We all have an appointment with death and eternity. You have a God-given eternal soul and the Bible makes it clear that you will spend eternity somewhere when the party is over. Where you will be in eternity may not matter to you right now. The thought of facing a sin-hating, holy God or talk of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, are subjects you probably avoid at all costs. The Lord is trying to reach you now, because once your “party” is over it will be too late.

You must call upon the name of the Lord, acknowledging and turning from your sins and trusting Him, and only Him, to save you
We see in the Bible that we are all unclean in God’s sight because of our sins. You may not think that you are a Hell-deserving sinner, but God is holy and He hates sin. Sin will keep you from being with God in Heaven for eternity unless you receive God’s forgiveness for sin which is found only in His Son, Jesus Christ. God’s word reveals that if you die in an unclean and unforgiven state, because of your own choice, you’ll go to Hell with all the other people who refused God’s mercy. You may think, “That’s okay – all my party friends will be there as well!” Yes, sadly they will be there too if they also reject Christ, but the thick blackness of “outer darkness” (Matthew 25:30) will separate you from each other. It is a place of torment, never-ending fear and punishment and you will be there on your own.

Right now you are without God in this world and have no hope, but in Christ Jesus you, who are far off, can be brought near by the blood of Christ; He can be your peace. You can know that when you die (and you will die) you will be in Heaven. Take a moment, please consider and understand God’s love for you in giving His Son, the wonderful Lord Jesus Christ to die for your sin on the cross of Calvary and then three days later to rise again from the dead. He can be your Saviour. You must call upon the name of the Lord, acknowledging and turning from your sins and trusting Him, and only Him, to save you. That’s when the real celebration will begin!

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Words by the Wayside

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