It’s ironic that the Five Minute Friday word of the week is “NOW.” The irony is that it’s Saturday and I am just writing. The link-up stays open for a few days and well, I felt like what I have on my heart is worth posting past Friday.
For anyone not familiar with the purpose of Five Minute Friday, Kate Motaung hosts this link-up where many women come together and write about one word – for 5 minutes. As mentioned, this week’s word is NOW.
In the last 4 months our family has two friends to pass away in their sleep. Both have left my heart broken. Not just for the loss of this friend in our lives but for their families who unexpectedly went to their heavenly home….without warning.
Both had a personal relationship with the Lord. Praise God for that! I know where they are. I even kind of envy them. I mean, can you imagine, Christmas in heaven? Worshipping at the feet of Jesus for eternity!!! What an eternity it will be.
Oddly enough, over the past several weeks, our church has been going through Francis Chan’s book Crazy Love. In one of the chapters, Chan tells of how we never know when God will call us home. He tells of a man who gave a eulogy at a friend’s funeral and died immediately after he sat down from speaking. He was at a funeral when he died. In the eulogy, he told the attenders of the funeral that they need to be ready for the Lord to take them home. He told them of the importance of accepting Christ. Then he died.
Last week, we attended the funeral of our second friend who passed away. The pastor at the funeral clearly presented the gospel. He shared with the friends and family of our friend that he (our friend) would want every one of them in heaven some day.
(STOP) …. (But, of course, I’m not quite done!)
The time is NOW. We can not afford to delay sharing with those we love about Jesus. I’m guilty! I’m not very vocal about my faith. I mean I live it out…or at least I try to. My goal is for others to see Christ in my. But I’m not perfect! I still mess up. That’s called sin. The cool thing is that Jesus continues to offer me grace and mercy. Daily. Sometimes minute by minute.
I have no idea how many days the Lord will allow me to walk on this earth but what I do know is that He has me here for a purpose. And part of that purpose is to share His love with others. To share the gospel and to walk alongside of new believers.
I pray that I don’t let the opportunity I have NOW slip away.
Joy to You!
This post is linked up with Kate Motaung. Please hop over and read what others are saying about the word “NOW.”