The rich man had no desire for money. He didn’t care for better living conditions. He didn’t want better food — just a drop of water. Standing at the threshold of death, he could not experience its sweet release, for his torment was eternal. In Hell his wealth meant nothing. His sprawling estate no longer set him apart as a respected member of his community. The orders he gave to summon his servants amounted to nothing more than idle talk. Hell had stripped him of the status he enjoyed on Earth. The emotional torment of his debasing predicament was rivaled only by the physical agony of the flames which engulfed him, and so he begged for the only thing which offered relief — water.
But the man discovered his intense thirst could not be quenched in Hell. Suddenly, he thought of others who would join him. He had five brothers, and unless they put their trust in Jesus Christ, they, too, would suffer in this eternal flame. He became a soul-winner, and longed that someone might warn them. But his evangelistic zeal profited him nothing. He had chosen the eternal, fiery judgment of Hell when he rejected Jesus Christ as his Savior, and he could not reverse his decision. Someone else would have to send the light.
Billions like this rich man have since experienced the same torment. Their voices are calling, pleading, that someone — anyone — would warn their friends and loved ones of the terrors of Hellfire before it is too late.
As the lost plead from below in eternal torment, God summons us from above, and His Spirit calls from within our hearts. Have you been listening?
I hope that you will not refuse to heed the call. God desires that everyone be saved, and you have a part to play in reaching them. Make an effort to send the Light of Christ to a lost person today — their eternity hangs in the balance.
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Satan does not care what we do so long as we do not alert people to their sin. . . . He will never concern himself about us, if we don’t wake anybody up. But if we awake the sleeping sinner he will gnash on us with his teeth. This is our work — to wake people up. — Catherine Booth
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.