Hebrews 9:27-28 – “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.” NASB
Few people enjoy talking about death. The subject is a morbid one for most people and most prefer to leave it undiscussed. It is not the normal dinner table topic of conversation. It is not a party staple where people enjoy discussing the matter. There are a significant number of people who fear death, and by not talking about it fare better in day to day living.
Here the writer brings us face to face with the sobering reality that life, for all of us, is at best, temporary. In the Book of Job, we read, “Man that is born of woman is of few days…” (14:1). The reality is that death is not a respecter of persons and comes to one and all. It is a sobering reality that all of us will die. All of us die, it is just a matter of when, where, and how. Because of that fact we need to investigate the future, beyond this life, beyond the grave and into the face of eternity. We can face eternity in one of the following ways:
There are those who do not care. There are those who believe that they have plenty of time to make things right with God, so they procrastinate and live as they live. There are those that believe that a loving God would not send anyone to hell, therefore it is unimportant how they live. There are those who believe that this is it, there is no life after death and what we have in this life is all there is. There are those who believe eternity is not eternal so there is no need to be concerned. There are others who believe that they are as good as the next person, so no reason to be concerned.
The folly of the Unconcerned is amplified in James 4:14 – “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” This thing we call life is too brief to spend addressing matters of earth and neglecting the eternal. A clear illustration in Luke 12, the rich man and his barns. In verse 20 Jesus brings the need to address the eternal home powerfully as He illustrates that the rich man’s life ended abruptly.
The Fruit of the Unconcerned is expressed in Proverbs 29:1 – “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” Living unconcerned and failing to address the needs of the eternal is to assure one’s eternal doom.
Therefore, to the Unconcerned, we say: Prove to me the surety of more time. Prove to me the fallacy of an Eternal Heaven and Hell. Prove to me that no God exists and there is nothing beyond the grave. If you can do that, then we can join you in being unconcerned but if we are wrong about the existence of God, the brevity of time, and the existence of a literal heaven and hell and there is nothing beyond the grave, we have lost nothing in living as we do. However, if we are right and you are wrong, there is a heaven and a hell, there is a God, time for man on earth is short, and there is life beyond the grave, you have lost everything.
Are you willing to risk eternity? There is too much at stake to be unconcerned about the eternal. Therefore, I urge anyone that is unconcerned to reevaluate their position and consider what is potentially at stake. Jesus awaits you now, call upon Him.
We will consider the next person in another devotional but for now, we will pause and say, God, bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!