Back in June 2009, I watched the Disney movie Up. I went because a close friend said that it was so good and so funny. He saw it twice (he rarely goes to the movies).

The skillful animators were able to show the joy of true love in marriage. In a matter of minutes, a cute kid and his girlfriend grew to adulthood, got married and loved each other with a deep passion as they grew old together. Then she died.

Suddenly, every joy-filled memory became unbearably painful for the elderly man, and they captured that deep pain in caricature. I cried my eyes out. I wanted to call my friend and say, “I thought you said this was a comedy!” Up took me down.

I cried that night at home also; because I was graphically reminded of something I carry daily. Every loving husband and wife will be torn apart by death. It’s just a matter of time.

Each of us is strapped to a ticking time-bomb. But that’s not the tragedy that drove me to my knees. It’s that God offers eternal life to every dying person, and yet most refuse His “unspeakable gift.” That’s the real human tragedy.

Please think about your sins. We all have sinned. Then think about the Savior and what He did for guilty sinners such as us.

Ask God for salvation, while you still have time. It’s understandable to want to ask Him for “proof,” but you don’t need it.  You already have the necessary proof through your conscience prayer and because of creation — not to mention Scripture proving itself to be true. Ask instead for salvation, while you still have time. Every beat of your heart is another tick … please consider, today, what Jesus is offering you.

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15

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