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.