Occasionally, one remembers back to when one was a lost and deceived heathen, wandering from place to place as one attended to the trivial pursuits of this lost and dying world.
On one such recent mental journey, it was brought to mind the UNCERTAINTY of one’s life when one was a heathen.
Finances, cars and homes to maintain, the maintenance and care of the tools and utensils used to maintain those cars and homes, computers, game consoles, stereos and DVD players: all were a source of uncertainty. And this was just the PHYSICAL items one kept an eye on. This does not include all of the non-physical concerns: insurance, taxes, ‘surprises’ which cropped up and needed looking after; as well as the health and well-being of family, friends and neighbors.
It’s not like EVERYTHING broke down at once, but it seemed as if the uncertainty of life hung over nearly EVERYTHING one put one’s hand to–and that hand was largely otherwise VERY successful when it was a hand attached to a heathen.
BUT, still, when one believes this life is all that there is, then it seems the clock NEVER stops tick, tick, ticking and that tick, tick, ticking includes the wearing away of those things of the world.
And, like the sands in an hourglass, one felt those precious minutes and seconds slipping away.
And, when everyday items need a nearly-constant upkeep, those minutes and seconds get occupied doing the mundane chores of life.
At any rate, thinking back to that–what seems to be a–LONG time ago, it was a TIME of UNSETTLED MATTERS. It didn’t matter what the item was in question, for some reason, its circumstance seemed as if it was UNSETTLED.
When one was a heathen, one’s focus was DEFINITELY different.
One’s focus was usually on a thing of this world.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
Oh, if one were asked about his life, he felt he was generally happy–at least as happy as his friends, family and neighbors appeared to be.
AND, one felt that one was a ‘good person’ because of church attendance and helping at church-related functions.
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
Those unsettled, UNCERTAIN times seem so long ago and far away.
Although one rarely stopped to think much on it (largely because one didn’t have anything else to compare one’s UNCERTAIN life to), life was CERTAIN to be filled with various forms of UNCERTAINTY.
The world has a saying: “The only things certain are death and taxes.”
One was aware that one had a LIMITED amount of time on this earth, but one didn’t generally dwell on death.
There always seemed to be resources to pay them.
IF FACT, thinking back on that time, the only thing which appeared certain was the UNCERTAINTY of it all.
DOES the reader ever get caught up in how UNCERTAIN this life appears?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: August 18, 2021.]
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