Life Two Minute Warning
Life warnings. Almost every contest has one. They have something to signify that the end is near. Firstly in NASCAR, it is the white flag to let the drivers know that there is just one more lap left in the race. Further, the NBA, it is the clock winding down in the fourth quarter towards zero. Moreover, the NFL, it is the referee’s whistle blowing to pause the game for the two-minute warning when there are only two minutes left in the game.
Whether the device is a flag, or a clock, or a whistle being blown, when the contestants realize that there is little time left, the contest often takes on a different dimension. Every move, every play, is critical. The participants know that the outcome may rest on just how the remaining time is utilized.
Therefore, life is no different. Since the beginning, God has made it so that life as we know it has only so much time. Solomon made this point with “there is a time to be born and a time to die.” Ecclesiastes 3:2. The writer of Hebrews affirms it with his concise statement, “And it is appointed for man once to die and after that comes the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27. Subsequently, the writer of the 90th Psalm understood that for any of us, our time is limited here on earth as he concludes that “The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty.” Psalms 90:10.
Life Choices Awareness
In Conclusion, if any would doubt this sobering fact of life, I would encourage them to take a stroll through a cemetery. There you will perhaps find those who lived beyond 100 years along with every age in between. It’s the sobering realization that if Christ doesn’t come first, someday, and perhaps without any advanced notice, we will be taking our own place among those graves. If you will allow it, this should serve as our own two-minute warning from God.
Therefore, it will be the wise person who not only accepts this reality but uses it to motivate them to make every day they have left to count. If you should die today would you go to heaven or hell? Have you obeyed the gospel, by being baptized into Christ and have you remained faithful to Christ? Above all, if you need to make this change in your life, why not do it today?
In Christian Love,
Bill Arnold, Minister
Ridgeway Church of Christ
YOU MUST DO THESE THINGS to Become a Christian
Becoming a Christian, Saved, Born Again, In Christ, or becoming a new creature all talk about salvation.
1) You must believe and confess that Jesus is the son of God. John 8:24 Jesus said you must believe that He is the Christ the Son of the living God. Matthew 10:32-33, Acts 8:36-37 further tells us to confess that Jesus is God’s son.
2) Luke 13:3 Jesus said you must repent of your sins.
3) Mark 16:16 Jesus said you must be baptized.
4) Live faithfully unto death. 1 John 1:2
Therefore, as a new creature, a Christian, we will live faithfully unto death and then arise to live forever with God. In conclusion, this is the God who loves you, who wants you to be his child. You can become the child of a King!
Won’t you heed His word?