When you stand before the judgment bar, will your life’s record stand the test?  The answer to this important question is:  It will only if you have obeyed the gospel and then lived a Christian life. (Heb.5:8,9; Rev.2:10 ff).  A great many people are ignoring this important matter; and thus, are endangering their eternal souls.  They are courting disaster!


          Of those who obey the gospel, only a few go on toward perfection.  Week after week, members of the church fall by the wayside.  Seats that they once occupied at the worship services become empty because Satan, by his cunning deceitfulness, lures them back into his ranks.


          The cares of the world; the love of money, and the insatiable appetite for pleasures have a stronger appeal to these than their desire for heaven.  How foolish!  Jesus asks a sobering question:  “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Matt. 16:26).


          Popularity and a good time for a little while, is the most that can be expected from a life of carelessness.  And the price that one must pay for this brief pleasure is eternal punishment in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone. (Matt.25:41-46).  Is this a fair exchange?  But remember this, Satan never gives a fair exchange, and he will be happy if he can deceive you into thinking that you have plenty of time to serve God.  Hell will be heavily populated with those who planned to begin serving God, or to become more faithful.  If you flirt with Satan, you court disaster!  How much better to live for Jesus now and live with him after you have finished this brief journey. Jesus says,”…be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (Rev.2:10 ff).