I was watching the movie, "Apostle Peter and The Last Supper". A very good and poignant movie about Peter before he was martyred upside down on a cross because he felt he was not worthy to die the same way as Jesus Christ. There were many thought provoking lines in the movie, but one that stood out was at the end, as Peter was being led to his 'death'. He said something that resonated in my soul. He said, "Take me to Jesus, and be quick about it." Wow, Peter knew his physical death was imminent and that it was not going to be a pain free death either. We don't know for sure what Peter said before he died, but we do know that he went boldly to his death because he knew that death was just a door to his Lord and Savior; that death was just a transition to his eternal peace and joy.
So many today claim to be Christians, but if the truth be told, how many of those "Christians" when faced with a certain and cruel death, would continue to claim Christ or would they deny Him. There are some who were faced with this very choice; 21 brave men in Libya who were cowardly beheaded for- not stealing, or raping, or murdering-; no, they were ruthlessly killed because they WOULD NOT DENY CHRIST! and so many more saints around the world have been killed and are being killed now, and if not killed, they are harassed, they are beaten, they are jailed, their property destroyed, all because of their faith in The One True Savior, Jesus, the true Lion of Judah, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. The fact that people believe in killing another because of their 'belief', not their actions, but what a person thinks about in their head, that the Bible is ABSOLUTELY TRUE! "Oh but what about the crusades?!" It is ridiculous to charge true Christianity with the crusades. The fact that those people killed and tortured people if they would not covert to Christianity PROVED they were NOT real Christians!! True Christianity is responsible for the hospitals, the orphanages, the soup kitchens, the homeless shelters, the end of slavery. Jesus Christ said you would KNOW His true followers by their fruit- the fruit of TRUE Christians is love and sacrifice.
Christians are to pray for God to 'teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom' because as James proclaimed in James chapter 4 verse 13, "Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will* go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is EVEN A VAPOR that appears for a little time and then vanishes away."
Tomorrow is NOT promised To ANYONE. Each day is a blessing from God, but we don't know when our last day on this earth will be. Jesus has a warning for all who play the middle/sit on the fence, those who say, "I will seek Jesus when I am older, I want to have fun now and I want to build my empire." The warning is in a story, in Luke 12 chapter 12, Jesus spoke another parable, "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' "So he said, 'I will do this: I will will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods, 'And i will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your EASE, DRINK, and be MERRY." "But God said to him, 'FOOL! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided." "So is he who lays up treasure for himself and not rich toward God."
So ask yourself, are you ready to die today? If you were given the choice to deny Christ or be killed, what would you do? Will your answer be, "Take Me to Jesus."? If you can't answer that question today, this per the Word, shows your faith is in question. That is not me saying this, that is God speaking. Don't rest in unbelief, do everything you can to get to the bottom of why you can't answer this question. You don't want to gamble your eternity on a maybe.
There is going to be a Day of Judgment, and God will judge everyone who has ever lived, His wrath is going to poured out on all the wicked and ungodly. The Good News is Believing in Jesus saves us from the righteous wrath of God. But that is not all, He gives us a new heart and mind NOW, and we receive some of His blessing from heaven NOW and are equipped to be able to live a life that is holy and acceptable to Him NOW.
1. Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is real, He lived and died and rose from the grave.
2. Believe that you are a sinner, repent-turn from your sins and realize and accept you need Jesus.
3. Confess that Jesus is your Lord and God
4. Find a local Bible preaching church that does obey the commandment for water baptism for the remission of your sins and to identify yourself with Christ.
This is just the first step to a lifelong journey of growing in truth and love with the God who created this earth and everything in it, including every human being that has ever lived.
Bible verses related to this post: Luke 12:16-21; Psalms 90:12; James 4: 13-14
Erica Harris is a God Gifted Christian Coach, Counselor, providing insights and truths from the Word of God, The Bible.