Sharing the Gospel with Everyone
Missionary Jim Kilgore
There is an adage that says that there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. But when you think about it….this familiar cliché’ is not entirely accurate. With the right deductions and a good accountant, many people have managed to avoid paying any taxes at all. But everyone will face the ultimate certainty that we all die. Death is an unavoidable reality for all people.
The rich die as well as those that are poverty-stricken. The rich man in Luke 16 died just as the beggar Lazarus had died. The educated as well as the illiterate face death. Children died as do the elderly. According to the following website, https://www.quora.com we learn these facts about death.
- 3 million people die each year
- 151,600 people die each day
- 6,316 people die each hour
- 105 people die each minute
- This means that each time your heart beats, TWO people slip off into eternity.
I often ask people I meet what I consider to be the most significant and important question in the world. “If you were to die today, are you 100% certain that you would go to Heaven, or would you honestly say, I just do not know?” Why ask a such a question? Because of the clear teaching of Scripture on the CERTAINTY of death, yet the uncertainty as to WHEN each person will die. Hebrews 9:27 warns us of death and facing God in judgment. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” I firmly believe that Jesus could remove all Christians from this world at any second (I Thessalonians 4:13-18), but until that happens, man will continue to die. Therefore, God cautioned us to “…Prepare to meet thy God…” in Amos 4:12.
Death is No Respecter of Persons
I have seen the young as well as the old die. No one knows the day nor the hour of their death, so God implores each person to make the spiritual preparations today. II Corinthians 6:2, “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, NOW is the accepted time; behold, NOW is the day of salvation.)”
- The following message was sent to me by a godly friend in India. “One of my students, a 10-year old girl went to be with the LORD for eternity today, just now. She trusted and accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior during the VBS (Vacation Bible School) conducted in our school last year, (Nov.6-10, 2017).” I asked the cause of her death, and his reply was “Cause of death is unknown! A sudden death, black spot spotted all over her body.” Her funeral will be tomorrow, January 6, 2018, in India.
- This is the second 10-year-old to die in the last 12-months that I am aware of. In the Philippines, I was soul-winning with a pastor when we came upon a casket. I asked to go and have prayer with the family. As we approached the home, we noticed there were two caskets. The one we saw was the 38-year-old husband and father. The second coffin was for his ten-year-old son that died that tried to save his father’s life. The son tried to rescue his father from the electrocution. But the young man was likewise electrocuted while pulling the wires off his dad. Both died from the incident. I am uncertain as to the spiritual condition of the father and his son, but at the casket, God allowed me the opportunity to lead six adults one of whom was the wife and mother, to Jesus Christ. The events of that day led me to thank God for all the parents, grandparents, godly teachers, and youth-workers investing in the spiritual welfare of our young people.
- We seem to think that death only invades the ranks of the elderly and aged. Yet at the age of 38 death wrapped its ugly arms around my first wife, Cathy Kilgore. I am so grateful that as a CHILD Cathy had made her decision to accept Jesus Christ as her only hope of going to Heaven. II Corinthians 5:8 reminds us of a blessed and comforting truth. “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
- I was in Bohol, Philippines four years ago when I took three people to go soul-winning with me. The first house closest to the church had three people sitting in their yard. We were invited to sit and talk with them when I turned the conversation to spiritual matters. All three made their decision to accept Jesus Christ as their only hope of going to Heaven. None of us sitting there knew that the elderly lady would die just three weeks later. I learned of her death from her Grandson that is a Baptist Pastor in Cebu, Philippines. He wrote, thanking me “For doing what he SHOULD be doing, sharing the Gospel with my family.”
- Three years ago, in Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA, I went to visit a man in the hospital and was honored to lead him to Jesus Christ only to learn that he died two weeks later. We just do not how much time a person has so we must share the Gospel daily. The opportunities surround us to evangelize those that may not know how to prepare to meet God. They are crying out as the Philippian jailer in Acts 16:30-31, “…Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
- She Died 24 Hours Later. Over one year ago in Hong Kong (2016), I had scheduled a meeting with a 35-year-old lady that was a friend of one of our Church members. This meeting was to take place on Skype at 10:30 am Asian time. At 10:15 some of her friends came to her asking her to attend a birthday party celebration with them. She agreed and told our church member the following, “Please tell the Missionary that she will meet him the following Sunday at 10:30 to hear How to go to Heaven.”
- I was flying to Tokyo’s Narita Airport during 2017 when our plane nearly crashed due to the severe weather and high turbulence. People were screaming lime one would in a horror movie. I looked into the faces of many screaming and hysterical people. The lady sitting next to was doing the sign of the cross. We had seconds before the crash that seemed inevitable. But God in Glorious Grace spared each life aboard the plane. As we landed roughly, the Pilot did a magnificent job of preventing the plane from crashing. Once we were safe, all of the passengers on board that I could see was clapping like their favorite team had just won a championship. I turned to the lady sitting next to me and asked her if she had died would she had gone to heaven. She said, probably not. I asked her if I could tell her how she could know, but she said she was okay.
She represents so many people. She had just stared death in the face, and God allowed her another opportunity to make her decision for heaven. Like King Agrippa, she was ALMOST persuaded to become a Christian but chose to reject the Son of God for Salvation. Acts 26:28, “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”
WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH JESUS CHRIST?
In Romans 10:13 God has made you a PROMISE. The promise is conditional upon your willingness to sincerely call upon Jesus Christ in simple faith, receiving what He has done for you while on the Cross, to pray your sin debt. Romans 6:23b, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”