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Why I wrote “It’s Only One Life”

Before I became a Christian, I liked this singer’s tracks. After I became a Christian, I never stopped falling in love with this singer’s songs. Of course, Christians differ on how the view secular songs. Some are fine with some secular songs while others declare a complete shut out to to these songs.  Any way, let’s not go into details about this because it can be another topic for another day.

I was saying that even after my salvation, I still once in a while listen to this artiste’s songs. I also followed some stories concerning the singer’s life and often my heart broke when I heard what the singer was going through. I could pray in my heart, “If only the Lord would save this musician”

Then the news broke out that this artiste was no more.  I was shocked.  After the announcement I keenly followed the developments around the musician’s death and heard very sad stories.

I, then, dug a little about the life of the singer and found out that the artiste began singing in church and it seems the singer came from a Christian family or a family that valued Christian teachings.  Then my eyes immediately opened, “Oh, that’s why the singer could once in a while have words like ‘Jesus’ ‘judgment day’ and ‘prayer’ in some songs.”

My heart broke even more because the stories that were emerging concerning the artiste’s last days on this earth were very cheerless. I almost cried but remembered that there was nothing I could have done.  “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). I should point it out here that I don’t know the artiste’s spiritual stand when the singer died hence I don’t want to speculate.

Any way, this is one of the secrets of our life. We don’t know when our time will be up and the Lord will call us.  The other disheartening thing is that sometimes when we have taken a path that leads to destruction, we hardly realize it. Now and then friends or other Christians will share the gospel with us but it will seem nonsensical.

I pray that the Lord will help us to “Number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

For sure, this one life is very short, very short indeed. Today we are here on earth, tomorrow, we are no more. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” (Revelation 14:13).  Amen!

 

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It’s Only One Life

God in Ezekiel 18:23 asks: “Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?”

This is a rhetorical question and the answer is obviously:  “No, the Lord does not take pleasure in the death of unbeliever.”

My heart breaks when I hear of death of people who experienced the love of God in their lives but did not submit themselves to the Lordship of Jesus. I am talking about people who heard the Gospel many times in their lives. They also participated in godly activities in their home, at church or any other Christian set-up and yet they did not yield to the Lordship of Christ. It is heart-breaking, is it not?

Friends, we should realize that this life will not last forever.  One day the Lord will call us before his judgment seat. Are we ready for the day? This reminds me about a quote I saw in John Piper’s book, ‘Don’t Waste Your Life’ and it goes:

Only one life

‘Twill soon be past:

Only what’s done

For Christ will last

Indeed it’s only one life and it is very short. May God help us to live this life meaningfully by seeking to honor and glorify Him in everything we do.  By his grace, we will be able to do this.

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