A Heartbeat Away From Eternity

Written by Chip Kirk

Hugh Hefner, who boasted that he "exploits sex the way Sports Illustrated exploits sports" died a week ago.  Although he was only a heartbeat away from eternity, Hefner's seemingly sole preparation for death was buying a crypt next to Marilyn Monroe.
Rocker Tom Petty, of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers fame, suffered a cardiac arrest Sunday night and exhaled for the last time at 11:40 pm Monday.  Although Petty racked-up fame and fortune and once wrote Free Fallin' about a girl who loved Jesus and Elvis, had he wisely prepared himself to die?
Fifty-nine normal Americans were casually enjoying a country music concert in Las Vegas last Sunday evening when a deranged killer machine-gunned their lives away. More than 525 others were wounded; some critically.  Only a heartbeat away from eternity; how many of those immortal souls were prepared to meet their Maker?
Moses wrote, "So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:12).  Proverbs 11:30 says, "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise."  As Fanny Crosby 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."
As followers of Jesus, you and I have the mandate to help capture souls and rescue the perishing.  That's why you share Jesus with those around you. 

(You can read more of Chip's writings and his ministry here: https://www.chipkirk.com/ )