Several times I was asked this question, If You Died Tonight where would your soul go? Just as many times I was the one asking, “If You Died Tonight? where would your soul go?” It is the aim of the question to stir up some eternal questions. However, to my amazement when I was a younger Christian, the majority of the responses was apathy on the part of people, like each person didn’t even care. Like people had something else better to do with their lives than think about eternity. And after multiple tries, I personally stopped using the question “If You Died Tonight?” thinking it was not effective enough to get conversions on the spot or soon thereafter. Still, I thought that this question was a good one.
What if you were to get hit by a bus causing life-sustaining injuries? Or suppose you choked on a piece of food with no one around causing your death? Or say you were in an inescapable fire at your house? I’ve heard from many people that they “live in the moment,” thus causing to reject the question of eternity. As a young Christian, this was devastating. So, as much as I wanted to be a good representation of Christ, I decided to stop using that tactic.
Currently, it has been over 30 years since I last used the question “If You Died Tonight?” Although, recently, I came across this song by Big Daddy Weave called “If You Died Tonight” (listen to it by clicking on the colored writing). And Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit got the old convictions of my youth to rise again. What if you did die tonight? I don’t want to be gloomy and all that. For most of us, we will happily see another day of life, yet there is this portion that won’t get to see another day. Why you could die in your sleep?
It was reinforced by my personal devotions (a very important time in which I need help to dedicate time every day in which to spiritually grow). In reading Jeremiah 32:16-35, I was reading of how the prophet Jeremiah addressed the Lord God:
Oh, Lord God, You made the heavens and the earth with your very great power. You show Your love and kindness to thousands of people, but You also bring punishment to the children for their parents’ sins. Great and Powerful God, Your name is Lord All-Powerful. You plan and do great things. You see everything that people do, and You reward people for the way they live and what they do. You did miracles and wonders in Egypt. You continue to do them in Israel and among the nations even until today. So You have become well known. You have brought Your people out of Egypt,, using signs and miracles and Your great power and strength. You brought great terror on everyone. You gave them this land You promised their ancestors long ago, a fertile land. (Jeremiah 32:17- 22 NCV)
But the Israelites got spiritually comfortable, just like America is getting to spiritually comfortable in the area of spiritual matters. America finds itself “tolerant” of many different ways to god, not the way proclaimed by Jesus Christ in where He says that few will enter the narrow gate whereas many people are on the broad gate path ( Matthew 7:13). Read on, for Jeremiah is perplexed by the order from the Lord God:
“They came into this land and took it as their own, but they did not obey You or follow Your teachings. They did not do everything You commanded. So You made all these terrible things happen to them. “Look, the enemy has surrounded the city and has built roads on top of the walls to capture it. Because of war, hunger, and terrible diseases the city will be handed over to the Babylonians who are attacking it. You said this would happen, and now You see it is happening. But now, Lord God, You tell me, ‘Buy the field with silver and call in witnesses.’ You tell me this while the Babylonian army is ready to capture the city.” (Jeremiah 32:23-25 NCV)
The Lord God appears to immediately answer Jeremiah:
Then the Lord God spoke this word to Jeremiah: “I am the Lord, the God of every person on the earth. Nothing is impossible for Me. So this is what the Lord says: I will soon hand over the city of Jerusalem to the Babylonian army and to Nebuchadnezzar the King of Babylon, who will capture it. The Babylonian army is already attacking the city of Jerusalem. They will soon enter it and start a fire to burn down the city and its houses. The people of Jerusalem offered sacrifices to Baal on the roofs of those same houses and poured out drink offerings to other idols to make Me angry. From their youth, people of Israel and Judah have done only the things I said were wrong. They have made Me angry by worshipping idols they have made with their own hands, ” says the Lord. “From the day Jerusalem was first built until now this city has made Me angry, so angry that I must remove it from My site. I will destroy it because of all the evil people of Israel and Judah have done. The people, their kings, and officers, their priests and prophets, all the people of Judah, and all the people of the city of Jerusalem have made Me angry. They turned their backs to Me, not their faces. I have tried to teach them again and again, but they would not listen or learn. They put their hateful idols in the places I chose to be worshipped, so they made it unclean. In the valley of Ben Hinnom, they built places to worship Baal so could burn their sons and daughters as sacrifices to Molech. But I never commanded that you do such a hateful thing. It has never entered My mind that they do such a thing and cause Judah to sin. “You are saying, ‘Because of war, hunger, and terrible diseases, this city will be handed over to the King of Babylon.’ But the Lord, God of Israel says about Jerusalem: I forced the people of Israel and Judah to leave their land because I was furious and angry with them. But soon I will gather them from all of the lands which I forced them to go, and I will bring them back to this place, where they may live in safety. The people of Israel and Judah will be My people, and I will be their God. I will make them truly one people with one goal. They will truly want to worship me with all of their lives, for their own good and for the good of their children after them. (Jeremiah 32:26-39 NCV)
Here, in the United States of America, we have wars. Though as having the appearance of being financially wealthy, Americans are over 20 Trillion in debt to the Chinese government, which makes us poor. And poor people eventually find themselves hungry. Americans, too, are the most up-to-date medically speaking, but there are some “terrible diseases” such as AIDS and cancer or diabetes that although we have made significant advances in each of those diseases we can’t get them cured. So, America is in pretty much the same predicament as the Israelites were in at the time of the Babylonian Empire with the prophet Jeremiah.
For, at current, it seems like a majority of Americans are not concerned with following the ways of the Lord God. Think of drugs-prescription and “recreational” drugs. It is totally rampant out there where you literally have moms, dads selling their little ones to do a horrendous act to a drug dealer in order to get some drugs. Or even more detrimental, Americans are so busy with work in their social push to “keep up with the Jones,” they often do not spend quality time with their children, leaving devices or other things to raise their children. There are even worse situations than the two I have mentioned. But if we do not get our nation back to where God was with those who crossed over from England to what we now know as America, we are utterly doomed.
You may be asking yourselves, “What can I do?” The first, most important thing you should do is ask that eternal question, “If You Died Tonight where would you be, where would your soul spend eternity? Jesus gave Hs life if you would just believe. It would change everything, if you died tonight” (Big Daddy Weave, the album “Heart Cries Holy”-Studio Series).
So, this is crucial! True Life Christians need to take seriously the matter at hand, where would other souls spend eternity. Nothing else eternally matters. So what would you do If You Died Tonight–A PERSONAL MATTER For AMERICA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD? The clearest Scripture on this matter is John 3:16-21. Read it, study it, memorize it, meditate on it, and lastly apply it everyday till Jesus Christ comes back!
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