IT'S NEVER TOO LATE
Today is the seven year anniversary of 9/11. Here's a look back to the past and a gentle reminder that "It's Never Too Late," for each one of us to make an eternal difference!
September 19, 2001
Yesterday I received a e-mail from a friend. She challenged me to have make an eternal difference and I challenge you to do the same. Below is a copy of a e-mail that she sent to me titled: "It's Never Too Late" it is from one of the pastors at North Point Community Church here in Atlanta.
"It seems that most Americans have changed perspective on what is important to them since last Tuesday. In light of the sudden, painful and unnecessary death of thousands of people, most of us have a little more patience, understanding and love for your friends, family and loved ones....
In a book by George Verwer, titled "God's Great Ambition" he writes that 7,000 people die each HOUR without knowing Christ as their Savior. This is more that all of those who died on Tuesday, and this happens every hour. And as horrible as the tragedy of Tuesday was, it is nothing compared to the millions of people each year that pass away peacefully in their sleep to spend an eternity separated from God. "
Why then am I so gripped by the images of planes crashing, buildings tumbling, people falling out of the building and sad testimony from loved ones? Its is because I saw it with my own eyes and heard it with my own ears, and I (like you) can relate to those who went though this tragedy.
It is hard for me to imagine sitting for one hour and watching 7,000 people die; I wonder what my reaction would be if I could see their faces as they come to the sudden reality that they have wasted their brief time here on earth only to find that the "rest of eternity" will be spent in hell and torment."
Are you up for this eternal challenge? If you are I encourage you to witness and to make a difference, even if its only one lost soul that you bring to Christ. This is our task, just like giving blood, or removing rubble, or flying a flag in front of our houses, or lighting a candle.
TAKE AWAY POINTS TO CONSIDER:
"Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1
Often God has to shut a door in our face, so that He can subsequently open the door through which He wants us to go." - Catherine Marshall
The disciples did not have the power to forgive sins (only God can forgive sins), but Jesus gave us the privilege of telling new believers that their sins have been forgiven because they have accepted Jesus' message. We can announce the forgiveness of sin with certainty when WE ourselves find repentance and faith." NIV note John 20:23