Archive for July, 2020

Pull the Ripcord

July 26, 2020

C.H. Spurgeon said, “If you long to save men’s souls you must tell them a great deal of disagreeable truth.” It takes as much courageous love to tell dear friends vital but disagreeable truth as it does to rescue them from a burning building, but the burden of inaction is crushing, even condemning on judgment day. So, to whom it may concern, be forewarned.

In my college years I was an avid skydiver. It was a new sport emerging on the American scene using Army surplus parachutes. It stoked my ravenous appetite for aerial adventure till jet fighters came along.  The thrill of freefall was beyond what my tongue can utter.  It didn’t feel like falling. It felt like flying. For thirty seconds or a minute, depending on what altitude we exited the aircraft, I felt like a bird in flight at 120-180 mph.  But one thing was critical: The parachute had to open, and that required a willful act—pull the ripcord—15 seconds before the end. Delay meant death.

Just so is life. It’s a fleeting, exhilarating freefall through God’s wonderful wild blue, but the end rapidly approaches, and absent a willful act—confession of Christ as your Savior and Resurrected Lord—the parachute never deploys. It’s just a high dive into hell. It would have been better if you had never been born (Mark 14:21).

Don’t delay—procrastination kills. Choose eternal life, not suicide, dear friend. Pull the ripcord!

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  “…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” “…whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (Matthew 4:17; Romans 10:9; John 3:16)

See you in church.

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