Devotion

A Certainty for Everyone

by Greg Laurie on Aug 7, 2018
Man is like a breath; His days are like a passing shadow.
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Statistically, three people die every second, 180 people die every minute, and 11,000 people die every hour. This means that every day around the world, 250,000 people enter eternity. Moses prayed, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12 NKJV). The psalmist David said, “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow” (Psalm 144:4 NKJV).

We have to look at this topic biblically, not emotionally, remembering that life comes to an end for everyone. One thing is clear: we’re going to die and enter the afterlife.

Philip of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great, commissioned a servant to remind him every day of his own mortality. And Steve Jobs said, “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it.”

Everyone has to face death. It’s a certainty we all know.

Ecclesiastes 3 says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die” (verses 1–2 NKJV). And Hebrews 9:27 tells us, “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (NKJV). Death may come sooner than expected, or it may come later. But it will come.

Then what? According to Scripture, if you believe in Jesus, then you’ll go to Heaven. If you don’t believe in Jesus, then you’ll go to Hell. If you’re a Christian, praise God for that. But if you know people who aren’t Christians, my question is what are you doing to reach them? We want to do everything we can to keep people out of that horrible place.

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