This week I lost a very loved and well respected classmate. At the age of 24 his life was tragically taken in a head on car crash, which took both him and his wife's life. He is the second classmate I have lost since graduation and in this time of grief all I can think of is how important our lives are and how important salvation is. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, in fact we are not guaranteed anything, but what we are guaranteed is the plan of salvation and that in which the Word has so perfectly displayed in it's importance to our eternal lives.
I am not writing today of the gloom of my classmates and where they are or are not going to be spending eternity. I'm writing today this very fact that Matthew wrote: Mt 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
Our salvation is something worth fighting for and John the Baptist knew that. His soul purpose in life was to bring the message of the coming of the Messiah and the plan of salvation that would come. Grace was not in affect when he ministered, it was by action/sacrifice. In those days they knew what they were fighting for and what they were standing for. They would give their lives for the call of the Lord and stand for the message they knew was truth. It was what they fought for and was worth every sacrificed lamb.
The Word says in Philipians 2:12: Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. We must have a fear of where we will spend eternity and not because of the fear of man but of the fear of God. Each person knows what God has given them, each person knows the ministry that He has put in their feet, each person knows that God is coming soon, and with all that we must know that it is time to start fighting for salvation.
I can not change the salvation of any person nor can I say if my classmates did or did not make it into heaven but I can say this, the Word says that I must repent, be baptised in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost to even see the kingdom of God. I must obey His Word and follow after Him... that I know and that I must do.
Now is not the time for us to get quiet about this gospel message that we know is true. It isn't time for us to silence our beliefs or remove our landmarks. This is the time where we stand firm on the foundation of the rock that we are built on. Speaking to every soul about this message and the coming of our Savior. Now is the time that we gather together speaking of all that He has done for us.
The Bible says that in the last days there will be a falling away from the church. If you have been watching it is happening and the truth is we must be careful that doesn't include us. I'm sitting here tonight saying it is time to take up the fight for our salvation and those around us.
It is time for the church to arise from the slumber. I speak of this from my heart and not that of any rebuke. I know that there are many in the church who are out spreading this gospel message but I also know their are some that are not who have fallen asleep in the delay of His coming and have been blinded by the ways of the enemy.
It is time for us to fight and I ask all prayer warriors to go to battle on their knees because this is war and we need prayer. Your salvation and every loss soul is worth fighting for!