I heard the song “Live Like You Were Dying” last night and it got me thinking. For those of you who may not have heard the song, it’s about a man who finds out he’s terminally ill and decides to do all the things he never had the time, or the courage, to try. Things like sky diving, bull riding, connecting on a deeper level with those he loves, etc.
As Christians, we don’t have to fear dying, so you might think the song doesn’t apply to you. Well, I think we need to have our own version – we need to “Live Like the World is Dying”. No, I’m not making an environmental statement here. I’m talking about people. We need to recognize that so many of the people around us are the walking dead. They have no hope for eternity. They live under condemnation, without the grace and forgiveness and love of God that we experience on a daily basis. They chase happiness and fulfillment in material things, in worldly accomplishments and recognition. They’re chasing dust.
When was the last time you had the courage to share the Gospel? When was the last time you looked at someone who is broken and struggling and shared the love and hope of Jesus Christ with them? We sing about “when we all get to heaven”, but the reality is, you are surrounded by people who have no idea if they’re going to heaven, hell or oblivion. Some cling to the hope of reincarnation – can you imagine if your hope for the future was to return again and again into this deteriorating, increasingly scary world? Others think they will simply cease to be. They don’t acknowledge the existence of hell.
You have the Good News. The only real hope for a dying world. The only hope that never fails or fades or expires. Do you have the courage to share that hope?