A well-known Christian man sent an email to his friends. He explained that his doctor had just given him his diagnosis and prognosis. His heart is failing and he has only about two months to live. He said he’s accepted his fate. He explained that he did all that was on his bucket list and had lived a good life. He asked for no phone calls or letters expressing sadness over his condition. He said that would just make it worse.
I was saddened at the news but also disappointed in his letter because he was not using his situation for the Lord! I wrote him the following:
“Dear Rob, I am deeply sorry to receive this information and I appreciate and respect your honesty as I’m sure others do. I am sure you will use your time wisely. I hope you will consider writing another letter to your friends and colleagues, sharing your faith and the assurance you have that you will indeed be with Christ in heaven. You have that assurance because of what Jesus Christ has done, not because of anything you have done. You received that free gift of salvation and so can anyone else who is willing to surrender their life to Jesus Christ.
“I believe that because of your condition people will be more attuned to your message. What a wonderful opportunity God has given you—perhaps two months to minister powerfully to others who will listen. Believe me. They will listen now!
“Rob, I’m going to be praying that God will use you mightily to proclaim the Good News of Christ and bring glory and honor to Himself. People need the Lord and yet many believe that following Jesus is foolishness. I don’t know exactly how I would go about it if I were in your position. Perhaps I’d even write a letter to the editor of the newspaper!
“One more thing: My precious sister passed from cancer. When I visited her the last time, I prayed with her, that if there comes a time when she can no longer speak aloud, that she would continue to speak the name of Jesus in her thoughts.
“I pray the same prayer for you my friend, that you will focus on Jesus’ name, praising Him and thanking Him no matter what. He and He alone can bring peace and comfort beyond measure. Sincerely in Christ, Kathleen”
- Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:1
- Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
- Here is a link to an excellent booklet that will help you share the Lord with others, in case you need assistance: https://www.cru.org/us/en/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html
- SONG: MY FRIEND – Words by D.J. Higgins; Music by Kathleen