By Louis Sharp
In my experience of dealing with people, I have been made to wonder from time to time, why it is that we seem to think a little more clearly, and see a little better, in times of trouble and sickness, than we do when “all is well with us!”
There seems to be something about serious sickness and approaching death, that makes us understand and appreciate the things of God and His word, much more clearly than in normal times! It is sad that this is true, but seemingly, this is the “norm.”
I have heard from a concerned lady just recently, “I was baptized when I was younger, but I haven’t lived the Christian life! ” This is good to recognize in one’s life, if such be true, and to have the courage to confess it to others, but why does it take the deathbed to make one see self as he actually is? Why can’t we properly evaluate our relationship with God in times of good health?
We need to be aware of Paul’s admonition constantly, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Cor. 13:5) We ought to be using the good health that God has given us to serve Him with vigor. Give Him the best that you have!
I am glad that people can be brought to repentance, after a misspent life, but how much better to serve God faithfully all the days of your life! Too many have looked at baptism as a “ticket to heaven” instead of simply one of the commands of Jesus that must be obeyed in order to obtain salvation. All of the commandments are of equal importance, and each one of them must be obeyed! Jesus said, “If ye love Me, you will keep My commandments” (Jn. 14:15).
How is it with you? Do you see clearly, your life; your relationship with God; your attitude toward His Word; you destination if death overtakes you? How clear is your vision – right now? Serve the Lord while you can!
Guardian of Truth XXXI: 8, p. 238
April 16, 1987