The Call

"As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me" (Psalm 55:16).

Receiving "the call" late at night is the dread of every parent — homeschooling or not. Our call came around 12:45 a.m. one early Saturday morning. The officer on the other end of the line told us our son was being held at the police station. As we drove to town, I was thankful our son wasn't dead or injured in a car accident. However, I knew that the discipline his father and I were planning may make him wish he was dead.

Someday there will be another call that will bring dread into the heart of every person who doesn't know Jesus Christ as Savior. Christ will come with His angels and call all the nations to come before Him in judgment (Matthew 25:31-46). Many will claim they knew Christ, but He will say, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire" (vs. 41). All opportunity to call upon the name of the Lord and be saved (Romans 13:10) will be gone, and they will be separated from God forever (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).

Such a horrific moment should motivate everyone to tell others about the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The idea of anyone being lost for all eternity is heartbreaking. Let the Lord use you and your homeschool to reach as many as possible before that awesome and terrible day of the Lord. "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher" (Romans 10:14)?

Heavenly Father, move my heart to be the one who "brings the tidings of good news" to the lost, so they can hear of Your saving love. Give me a burden for those who are caught in the darkness of sin. Teach me how to have "beautiful feet" to go where you want me. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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Comments(9 comments)

LYNDA B 10/28/2008 03:43:12

This is so very true. I pray we will all be ready when this time comes,also to hear well done my good and faithful servant.

PATRICIA M 10/29/2008 10:29:02

I thank you for bringing the word of God and devotionals into my email box everyday. It can get hard homeschooling somedays. It is easier knowing there are MANY out there. And also that God is out there encouraging me all the way. I am doing this for a reason....not only for my son....but to reach out to the world. THANKS!!

10/28/2010 04:08:17

Thanks for the reminder!

CARLA D 10/28/2010 08:23:35

Good (GOD) Word:)!

DORIS M 10/28/2010 09:17:43

What a reality check! Sometimes we get so busy "occupying until He comes" that we forget that he is coming! Lord help us to live according to the full message of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to train our children to do the same!

OLIVIA S 10/28/2010 22:14:10

I believe we all aren't done yet, instead of going on the internet on Facebook, Myspace to update your status, share the gospel. Use what God gave man, technology and we shouldn't abuse it like everyone else. We should share the gospel, not only using technology but actually stepping out your door and sharing it with friends, neighbors and families. I always here missionary's preach to people that are living in the poorest countries, I know they need Jesus but everyone else does. Even Christians who claim to be saved, but are living a life of sin. We especially need to focus on them, then there can be an increase of more missionaries, and that means more sharing of the Word of God.

Note: God didn't intend his word to be a secret, so tell it to someone you probably don't like, [which I hope you learn to forgive] and also a stranger you see. And last especially your family, that's why they are there! So you see that's what we all need to do.

EVIE L 10/28/2011 07:44:13

So True. Thank the Lord I am ready for that call. But are my loved ones? Are my children? My friends. Even my Enemies (or those who seem like enemies). Those that I deem *unworthy*? I like you idea Olivia. Share the Gospel anyway way we can! Facebook is a great way to get the WORD out!

KATHY S 10/28/2012 05:41:07

Nice Job Olivia! I try and put God and Jesus in tons of my Facebook posts.

I believe our children are our first priority in ministering Salvation. They depend on us for everything, and salvation is the most IMPORTANT thing we can ever teach our precious children.

Then our family frineds and strangers. I put it in that order as sometimes it is harder to minister to a family member than a stranger off the street.

I know in our family, alot of relatives are just \"set\" in their ways. They have a certain faith and believe only that by their \"works\" are they to get into heaven, where as we know it is by \"Grace\" that we are saved.

Especially with older Aunts and Uncles, you love and respect them, yet how do you over rule their beliefs that their faith is right, that by repeating prayers and not missing church, you get into heaven. It is very hard to try and minister to someone who is 70 or 80 years old and try and get them to rethink that all you have to do is \"repent\" and give your heart and your will to our Lord Jesus.

It is challenging and I try to squeeze in anything I can when the opportunity arises. I want to see my entire family in Heaven when I get there one day.

Have a very Blessed Day everyone!

TRACEY D 10/28/2012 08:03:39

Thank you, my heart if full this morning! And I am thankful that I know Jesus as my Lord and Savior and I call upon Him every day!

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