Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
- James 4:8
“It is essential that you give people the opportunity to act on the truth of God. The responsibility must be left with the individual— you cannot act for him. It must be his own deliberate act, but the evangelical message should always lead him to action. Refusing to act leaves a person paralyzed, exactly where he was previously. But once he acts, he is never the same. It is the apparent folly of the truth that stands in the way of hundreds who have been convicted by the Spirit of God. Once I press myself into action, I immediately begin to live. Anything less is merely existing. The moments I truly live are the moments when I act with my entire will.”
- Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (November 4)
I have talked with far too many atheist and agnostics who are firm in their conviction that when you die, you die. There is nothing after that, just nothingness, absolutely no conscious thought.
When I read this paragraph of Oswald Chamber’s devotion, I see what they mean. To them, because they have no faith, they are simply existing and as an animal or a plant dies and returns to the soil, so they think they will return.
Yet, once you have experienced the true Jesus and come into the light, as Chambers says, you will not be the same. You see both sides, and perhaps the next life dimly. You see you past existence. You see your present new life, and you have Hope, knowing that the next life will be so much better.
It all makes sense, but only in retrospect. Unless the Holy Spirit works within the person and gives them a burning desire to peek behind the curtain of “what if…”, they will only exist with no thought of real life.
For me, it is frustrating and indeed maddening to be able to see and yet see others for which I care deeply who are blind to the truth. God exists, and a life following God is the only true life, otherwise, only mere existence.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.