Thought for the month – May 2020

Looking Forward

It’s easy to look back and ponder on how good things used to be. It reminds me of Lot’s wife, she was instructed when leaving Sodom:

“Escape for thy life, look not behind thee…” Genesis 19 v 17

Perhaps she was saddened by what she was leaving behind or perhaps she had little appreciation of what was ahead. Either way she didn’t heed the warning.

For those of you who know the Lord as your own personal Saviour you have something far superior than anything in your past, far greater than anything in the present; you have the assurance of a home in heaven as your future.

The Lord Jesus said to his disciples:

“…I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14 v 2

As believers we have that same promise. Our future will be in the presence of the Almighty God for eternity!

James teaches us:

“…For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, then vanisheth away.” James 4 v 14

Our life here is brief, just like the vapour that disappears, it will be over before we know it. None of us know when our time on Earth will be over. However, if we leave this Earth and are still not right with God, not accepting His gift of salvation, He will say:

“I never knew you: depart from me.” Matthew 7 v 23

Eternity…remember that’s for forever and always! It will be spent separated from God in an awful place called hell.

We have the time now to get right with God:

“…Behold now is the accepted time: behold now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6 v 2

I believe people have 3 responses to God’s gift of salvation:

  1. Reject God’s gift – they decline the forgiveness of their sins and a relationship with God.
  2. Waiting to accept God’s gift – they know they have a need of a Saviour and they know they are sinners. But they say
    “Today isn’t a good day for getting right with God, I’ll think about it another time.” BUT the Bible teaches us:

    “Boast not thyself of tomorrow: for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27 v 1

  3. Accept God’s gift – they acknowledge they’re a sinner, they repent of their sins by asking the Lord Jesus to forgive them. They put Jesus Christ in His rightful place as Lord of their life.

Are you are still waiting to accept God’s gift, don’t delay!

If you make no choice, then think on…your choice has been made. You have made the choice not to be right with God, not to have the hope of a wonderful future and when you enter in to eternity you will be separated from God forever.

If you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Saviour, you have the hope of a wonderful future. Although times may be difficult in life, we can smile and know the best is yet to come.

Jacqui Barlow, Senior Camp