Last Friday (10/7/2011) my family and I traveled south about an hour to San Diego, CA to see John Mark McMillan, Chris August, Gungor and the David Crowder Band play at the House of Blues. This was a special concert for us because as announced by the band, this would be the David Crowder Band’s final tour. For those of you unfamiliar with this artist I encourage you to check them out; the worship music they have written has had significant impact in the lives of millions.
The concert kicked off at 7 p.m. and as it approached 10:30 p.m. and the David Crowder Band had been playing for about 90 minutes everyone in attendance knew that the last song was coming soon. What would it be? What would be our last memory of seeing this artist perform? Well… there was a last song and then there were three encores so I’m not really sure which song was the “last song”. It was a powerful night of worship that saw hundreds lift their voices in unity and praise to the Lord Jesus Christ and I was blessed to be there.
Unfortunately life is not like a concert. The last song of our lives is not always our biggest hit and it does not always come after we have played the rest of our set list. For some of us our last song will be played many years in the future when we are old, grey (at least naturally) and full of wisdom. For others our last song will be played earlier and maybe even unexpectedly. One day each of us will pass away from the stage of time, step into eternity and stand before God Almighty.
Everyone must die once, and after that be judged by God. (Hebrews 9:27 GNT)
Death is that one event in life that all of us will share into; regardless of race, religion, sex, social standing or achievement. We all will have a last song; all of us are going to die.
I know this subject is not light reading and is quite a bit more sobering than some of the subjects I share, but a week ago today (10/5/2011) a man of God that greatly affected my life and the lives of thousands of others was killed in an accident. He had just finished preaching a Wednesday evening service and was killed while driving from the church to his home. I have no doubt in my heart whatsoever that he is enjoying the glory of God’s heaven at this very moment. He fought a good fight, he kept the faith and he has finished his course (2 Timothy 4:7).
I am sharing this because you may not be ready to pass away from this life to stand before God. You may not be ready to sing your proverbial “last song”. We do not get to plan our exit from the stage of life; many times death comes as “a thief in the night.”
“Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.” (Luke 12:39-40 NLT)
- If you are not a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ I encourage you to repent and believe the Gospel.
- If you are a believer who has not been following the Lord I encourage you to repent, surrender your life to Christ and follow Him with all of your heart.
- If you are a believer and you are not fulfilling the call of God upon your life I encourage you to take a step of faith and begin to do that which God has created you for.
- If you are ready to stand before Almighty God, should He call you home, I encourage you to share the message of Christ with as many people as possible.
Our time on this earth is brief, even for those who live into their eighties, nineties and beyond. God’s love, grace and mercy calls each of us. God’s love nailed Jesus Christ to a cross in payment for all of our sins so that we would not have to face the judgment we are due. My hope and prayer is that you will accept God’s gift of salvation so that when your last song has been played you will enter into the place Jesus Christ has prepared for you.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:1-2)