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Death Looms Just Around the Corner   Leave a comment

We’ve almost made it, and some of us have already finished. For many of us, for many of our families, this is it; this is the apex of our lives, this is the culmination of the years of struggle and hard work. But there’s a problem here… many of us are going to live on forty, sixty, and even eighty years past this moment today. If this is the high-point in our lives, there is going to be a horrible reality hitting us for the four-fifth of it still to be lived out.

Of course, I’m talking about school and education here.  But there’s another kind of climax that happens for many people after college; many Christians experience a spiritual apex in college that is never matched again in their lives. Rather than going forth from Grace Community Church to bless the new churches we’ll be attending, many GOCers go from being on fire for the Lord to being lukewarm for themselves. Or even worse… there’s nothing; absolutely no desire for God and some even go on to live lives that are absolutely undermine the biblical standards they once held dear.

It’s a scary thought, but it’s a sad truth. Some of us here might not be walking with the Lord when we meet again five years, ten years, or twenty years down the line. And I’m sure that we’re all having some of Peter’s famous words go through our heads right now: “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You” (Matthew 26:35). He thought he knew himself so well. He was sure that he knew his own heart better than even the Savior could know it. And I’m sure that those thoughts are going through some of your heads right now. “I don’t know about the people next to me, but it’s not gonna be me. I won’t let it happen… I’m gonna pursue the Lord til He calls me home.”

But Jesus warns us all: “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:22-23). We can’t dismiss this passage as not pertaining to us… because this passage directly targets all of us… every one of you. And my fear today is that we have so many things to come to the Lord with, in terms of accomplishments. “Lord, Lord, did we not attend two services on Sunday, GOC on Friday, and small group throughout the week in your name? And in Your name evangelize to unbelievers? And in Your name lead small group Bible studies? And in Your name head ministry teams?” And Jesus will look us straight in the eyes… “I never knew you!” Brothers and sisters, this is reality… people will fall away from the Lord. Not one of us today is so holy that we are exempt from this warning. It’s been a sad truth of Grace on Campus for many years. People lead Bible study, lead ministry teams, serve here and serve there… and Jesus never knew them. This isn’t a warning by Jesus given to that guy who comes out to church once a quarter or to that guy who comes to GOC late and leaves early. This is directed at you and me. I’ve been meditating a lot on the issue of believers falling away, and the sad reality is… it’s gonna happen.

And I know that the time we’ve had at Yosemite so far has been so sweet. But this is a scary fate that we all have to deal with. We’re all, to some extent, in a protective GOC bubble. But we’re not going to have each other in the future the way we do right now. We’re all going our separate ways, and trials and temptations will hit us hard.

But it’s not hopeless, brothers and sisters. It’s hard and it’s difficult and it will be a fight; but, by the grace of God, we can continue to be set ablaze with a passion for the gospel. Turn with me to Psalm 139 and we’re going to look at two realms of knowledge that won’t necessary maintain our salvation (because that’s a work of God), but will make it more clear to us where our heart truly is.

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Posted February 4, 2007 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized