Saturday Sermon: Heed God's last call
By John FisherThe term "last call" for me, reminds me of our chief of police in Point Comfort. When Chief Rick Brush passed on to his heavenly home, as his Pastor, I gave his sermon for the celebration of his life as a Christian. One of the last honors given to the chief was the law enforcement ceremony of the last call. This was a heart-wrenching honor. The Calhoun County dispatcher calls out Rick's call number, and there was no answer back, and then a officer responds in his place; it sure gets quiet.
Folks out here in the world need to realize that God gives a last call for salvation. God gives eternal life to anyone who will call on the name of the Lord Jesus, to save their soul when one repents of their sinfulness. But many do not respond. Everyone is invited to God's call, John 3:16 proves this. The Holy Spirit calls, the church calls, Christians call, heaven calls, but many do not come to the last call, and John 3:16 gives the result of not responding to God's love invitation to heaven - they will perish forever.
The last chapter of the Bible, Revelation 22, tells those who thirst, come. Are you thirsty for the true meaning of life, purpose and to know your destiny is with God, who loves you and holds his arms wide open in loving invitation for you to come to Him through His beloved Son?
If in your heart, you will drink of the water of life, you are invited to come and be saved. Church membership, living good and moral lives, obeying the Ten Commandments will not save a soul. One must come to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to get saved. There is no back door into heaven, Jesus is the door. Look at John 10:9: Jesus said "I am the door." There is no substitute savior, only the real Jesus. We must all come to Him to receive eternal life.
Check up on your faith. What is it that you have faith in to get you to heaven? God gives all many calls to come to Him by His Son, but then He gives the last call, and when this last call is given, He calls no more. This is when God gives a person up to become an eternal reprobate. Romans 11:28 tells that God gave them up, gave them over to a reprobate mind. In Matthew 22:14, scriptures tell us many are called, but few chosen, why?
One must respond to the invitation. Why will many not respond? Matthew 22:5 shows us many have indifference. Verse Six tells us it is from hearts in rebellion to God. Verse 12 is self righteousness (religious acts, rather than living faith in a saving Christ). The water of life is totally free, "Let him take the water of life freely." It is being offered now. This could be your last call.
Come now, and believe only on the one and only Saviours, the Lord Jesus Christ. Put aside your false hopes in self, religion the world to give you heaven when you die.
Romans 10:13 tells us, "For whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Do not try to get yourself prepared and good enough for God to save you. That will never happen. Just come to God by faith in His Son and ask Jesus to come into your life. Come as you are, a sinner in need of the eternal Savior, and He has promised to forgive and love you, no matter what. Heaven is the believers destiny. This world is not our home, so do not spend your time trying to get real comfortable down here. This life on this earth is short. Prepare by giving your life to God's call, and let Jesus become your Lord and Savior.
The Rev. John Fisher is pastor of First Baptist Church in Point Comfort.