The Ultimate Good Work

Human beings are a puzzle. People in general, and true Christians in particular, are paradoxical. There are many people who, when they learn of others’ urgent needs, will expend energy, help and/or cash to help those in trouble. Christians often make great sacrifices, even adding to their own troubles by doing so, in order to help those in need. This is all very commendable and thank God for those who will do these things. But one thing is puzzling! Why do we care more about human needs than eternal needs? We certainly value and are grateful for these good works. Nevertheless, the value of these good works, while they are wonderful here, cease at the end of life on earth. There is an “ultimate good work” that reaches beyond the grave. What would happen if we expended as much help and energy to witness to the wonder of the gospel to those who are lost, as we do for human needs? No human beings will ever have as great troubles on earth as the trouble they will have, if they find out when they die, that they are eternally separated from God! “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life……He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3: 16, 36). Helping people to find the way of escape from the wrath to come is the subject of Fanny Crosby’s hymn, “Rescue the Perishing.” In it,  she wrote, “Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen, tell them of Jesus the mighty to save. Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter, feelings lie buried that grace can restore; touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness, chords that are broken will vibrate once more.” Selah! Many will reject help. Those who gratefully receive help will bless you forever!   Ron

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