I was on facebook the other day and I noticed a friend’s status update that said something along the lines of ‘still so shocking...RIP chica.’ Another friend changed his profile picture to that of a girl, and initially I thought it was his girlfriend but I soon realised that it was a mutual friend of the two of them who had just passed away following a road traffic accident. She was thirty years old. I did a bit of snooping around and from the numerous pictures that I came across, and the various comments of condolence, I got the feeling that this was one young woman that was going to be missed. I was looking through some pictures of her and her friends and not only was she very pretty, she also seemed to be someone that enjoyed life to the full and loved to have a laugh. I couldn’t help thinking that she could easily have been me, or one of my friends. I felt so sad for the friends and family of this person that I never knew, because I could just imagine the hurt and pain they felt for a life that was lost at such a young age.
There was a time I used to be afraid of dying. Even though I was a Christian, I still didn’t feel ready to leave this earth, because I wasn’t so sure I would like what was next. Now, I’d like to think I’m a bit more mature as a Christian than I was years ago and thanks to further study and in-depth teachings of the Bible, I now look forward to leaving this place. It’s not that I want to die (even though sometimes the heartache and troubles that come my way make me think it’s definitely the easier option); I feel like I haven’t done even half of what I think God wants me to do on earth, and I know my passing would grieve so many people (I hope!)
The other day I was about to switch off the TV but then I heard this lady preacher reading out a story. It was about a Christian girl that had a dream. In the dream, her best friend had written her a letter and it said something along the lines of ‘...I thought we were friends; we laughed, joked and shared secrets together, had sleepovers at each others’ houses, but you never told me about this. You never told me about hell.’ I didn’t get the whole story, but I gathered that in the dream, her friend had died and gone to hell, but somehow had left her a letter. When this young woman woke up, she was petrified as the dream had seemed so real. She determined in her heart to call her friend the next day and invite her to church. When she called the following day, she was told that her friend had been killed in a car crash the night before. Now I don’t know if this story is true or not, but hearing this and thinking about the girl on facebook made me think that it’s time I did something.
I haven’t always been the bravest when it comes to telling people (especially my friends) about Jesus but the truth is that it’s a life and death issue. If you saw your friend standing in the middle of the road and a car was coming to hit them, you would scream out or even run across and push them out of harm’s way. If you were in a desert with your friends and you found an oasis, you would call out and share it with them. It is the same with the Gospel. It’s not just about eternal damnation, it is good news. It’s about letting people know that they can have abundant eternal life even whilst they’re still here on earth. It’s about letting people know that they don’t have to be afraid of death, because Someone else has the keys. And that Someone wants to have a relationship with them.
So I’m speaking out, because I want my friends to know the truth. None of us are certain of the next hour, let alone the next day. That girl’s picture keeps haunting me because I keep thinking ‘She seemed so full of life; going to parties, going to weddings, having fun. It really could’ve been any of us.’ Me, I’m ready to die. Are you? If you’re not, it’s probably because you don’t know where you’ll be spending eternity. Jesus said in John 11:25-26;
‘I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die...’
If you want to be sure of eternity, all you need to do is ask Jesus to be Lord of your life. Confess the bad stuff in your life and ask Him to forgive you and come and live within you. If you’re not even sure if this whole God thing is real, ask God sincerely to reveal Himself to you and I can assure you that He will. If you’d like to know more, please leave a comment or send me an email (uebillah(at)googlemail(dot)com).