Today, something happened on the street that we have never seen before, and it got me thinking.
“But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” Luke 12:20 (KJV)
Nearly every Saturday, for the past 4 years, we have preached on the streets in the oldest city in America, Saint Augustine, Florida. During that time we have seen just about every situation you could possibly imagine. We have preached in the hearing of over one million people and handed out hundreds of thousands of gospel tracts. Many have gotten saved, prodigals have come home and many people with overwhelming burdens have stopped to ask us to pray with them. But today, something happened that we have never seen before.
We had been preaching for about an hour, the streets were filled to overflowing and the weather was flawless. The Lord once again was blessing our efforts and the gospel tracts went out by the hundreds. All of a sudden, about 40 feet away from us, a group of people had formed around an elderly man who had fallen down. I immediately ran over to see if I could help, but was not prepared for what I saw when I got there.
The man’s arms and legs were swollen, his neck and face thick and bloated with blood pouring out of his body from 4 or 5 different places. One particular gash on his lower right leg looked like flesh had been removed with a melon ball scooper. Blood was all over his body and all over the sidewalk. I reached into my pocket, grabbed my phone and called the paramedics. As you see in the above photo, they arrived very quickly, bandaged him up and brought him to the hospital. No one had any idea what caused his wounds. One moment he was seemingly fine, and the next down on the ground and bleeding like his body just popped open in multiple places like gunshot wounds. Crazy stuff. And it got me thinking.
We go through our lives, thinking we have tomorrow, thinking we will always have food on the table, and always have our health. And one day, in the blink of an eye, everything changes. That’s why the Bible command to go into the highways and byways, preach the gospel, and tell them about eternity, about Jesus Christ and their need for salvation is so important.
“And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Luke 14:23 (KJV)
Perhaps the Lord has touched your heart to witness to the lost, and you ‘re putting it off. Don’t. We are only given one life, it will soon be past, and only what’s done for Christ will last. Click to order your box of NTEB gospel tracts today, and change someone’s eternity.
Because everything can change in the blink of an eye.