One More Second (Luke 12:19-20)

My associate came to work the other morning appearing quite flustered. He just witnessed a horrific car accident that occurred at the intersection leading to our laboratory. A car was careening down the street, swerving through traffic at a high speed. Fortunately, he managed to see it in his rear-view mirror and quickly changed lanes to avoid being hit. The car jumped the median strip and flipped over, leading to a five car crash. Sadly, one person was killed in this tragedy and several others were hospitalized.


If my associate had been in a slightly different location on the street or had not looked in his rear-view mirror, he may have been killed. One more second would have made the difference between arriving at work and arriving at eternity. In one more second, we could be behind the wheel of a car, grousing about the rude salesperson who just served us at the coffee bar and the next moment, we could be ushered into eternity. But would this be an eternity spent in Heaven or hell?


And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’

Luke 12:19-20 (ESV)


I do not know the spiritual condition of the person who was killed nor of the injured people. I pray for their souls and for God’s mercy on their lives. These tragic events remind us that, while we live in this world and deal with many seemingly mundane or annoying circumstances of life, our greater perspective must always be focused upon the eternal. At any moment, our souls may be demanded of us and we need to be absolutely sure of what our eternal destiny will be.


Some people think they can delay their decision about believing or accepting God until they know their death is imminent. Perhaps. But like the car that narrowly missed my associate, will one second be enough time for any of us to make such a decision?


Don’t delay any longer. If you have not confessed and repented of your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, do it now. Your eternal destiny depends upon your decision.


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.


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