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Vantage Point


Urgency for Souls

Last year it was reported that a man was injured in a surprising way. He had just arrived home following a trip and was unpacking his suitcase when a rattlesnake struck, sinking its fangs into him and injecting its deadly venom.

The snake had slithered into his bag unnoticed on the other end of the trip. After a long confined journey, the critter was understandably not in a good mood when the lid was raised.

The startled victim didn’t die, but this kind of incident gives food for thought to those who are waiting to make their decision for Jesus Christ.

As a youngster I heard the “You could walk out the door of this church and be struck and killed by a car” altar call many times. Though seemingly cliché, the warning is still true. One never knows what surprising occurrences await in life, both good and bad.

Many people who know the truth seem to think they are guaranteed the time they need to make things right with God. I’ll certainly have time to call out to God, they might think, relying on the words of Romans 10:13: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NIV). But it may not be so. Sudden tragedy could indeed strike, like being hit by a vehicle … or being attacked by a snake in your luggage.

But a less dramatic scenario could actually be more dangerous. Multitudes of people die in their sleep. People who die in their sleep do not even have a split second of warning to call upon the name of the Lord.

Christians have the privilege of living with the peace of God, but we should never let that cause us to live without a sense of urgency for the lost. Souls hang in the balance every day. “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

Ken Horn

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