The end matters
Mark 13:13b - but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
This is one scripture where the story of the race of the tortoise and the hare can fit. We may start our walk with the Lord with lots of energy, we may do incredible works for the Lord on our trip, we may even be blessed with many gifts that glorify and save many people on the way, but our own salvation is at question if we give up on Christ just before we cross the line (die).
There are people who have sinned throughout their lives but just before they died repented, they accepted Jesus and surrendering unto Him and were saved. But do not think we too can do the same, it may not work. Firstly knowing Jesus and the Holy Spirit, if we continue sinning, our hearts get hardened and just before we die our hearts may not be in a position to repent, accept Jesus Christ and surrender unto Him. Secondly, do we know when we will die so as to repent just in time? There are many who die instantly with great plans ahead.
When I go to minister and when a sinner repents just before death gives me great joy, but at the same time people who do incredible things for the Lord and were instrument in saving many, yet they themselves become calamity to sin gives greater grief.
Our work on earth for God's Kingdom may store for us many, many rewards in Heaven, but we should enter Heaven to receive it!
To enter Heaven what matters is at the end is: do we cross the crossing line with Christ or without Christ?
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, hold me up as I walk with You, like You did with Abraham our father. Let my heart not be hardened due to any reason, such that I may cross the line, without You. And I pray for all my brothers and sisters that we may all enter into our sleep, with You. I make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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