To Eternity… or Just Across the Street?
There’s nothing to it. You do it a dozen times a day. Yet – 6,000 people were killed last year – just crossing the street.
165,000 people were injured last year – just crossing the street.
So it isn’t so simple, after all – not just something you do as a matter of course. Not any more. Crossing the street these days is a grim business.
Maybe you cross it – maybe you don’t. Maybe you meet your friend across the street – maybe you meet God! It may be you will reach the corner drugstore, or – will it be a miserable corner in hell that you carelessly dash into? The expected hours of thrill in a movie across the street may suddenly become an eternity of terror forever beyond relief.
Grim business, yes! But there is something that you can do about it. Look before you leap! Be ready before you attempt to cross. Life in an armchair is dangerous – without God; and crossing the street without God is a gamble with death and eternity.
Be ready, “And while they went to buy… (Jesus Christ) came; and they that were ready went in with Him… and the door was shut.” Matthew 25:10. “Be ye therefore ready… for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” Luke 12:40.
There is only one way to get ready. It is a simple way. A man in danger of his life cried out, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” The answer came, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Acts 16:30,31. “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” I John 1:7. “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.” John 3:16.
The answer was not: be baptized, unite with our church, turn over a new leaf, begin doing good deeds, or anything of the kind. But as soon as the man believed on Christ and was saved, he wanted to be baptized and unite with God’s people. The Lord did not turn over a new leaf, but gave him a new life, and he began to do good deeds. Salvation comes first. That alone is your safety. The good works of the Christian follow. That alone is your enjoyment.
Before you cross another street, prepare for a safe crossing. It may be just across the street – or, to eternity!