Originally published in the weekly bulletin at the church of Christ at Elkins on 7/20/2014
A State Trooper stopped a woman for going 15 miles over the speed limit. After he handed her a ticket, she asked him, “Don’t you give out warnings?”
“Yes, ma’am,” he replied. “They are all up and down the road. They say, “Speed Limit 55.”
This story reminds me that one day we will stand before the great Judge. There are many people who expect they will receive merely a “warning” and then they will be given an opportunity to try again. The response on that day will be, “I gave out plenty of warnings -- all through your life -- but you ignored them all.”
Remember the rich man in Luke 16 who died and went to Hell? He begged for a messenger to be sent back as a warning to his brothers. The response he got was this: “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them . . .. If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.” (Luke 16:29, 31)
Abraham explained to him if they did not listen to God’s word given by Moses and the prophets, they would not listen if one rose from the dead. What Abraham said was true, because when Jesus arose from the dead the majority of Jews didn’t believe His message given by the apostles.
Don’t ignore the warnings of this passage which teaches when one dies, he/she cannot change their eternal destiny. We can only change our destiny while we live!
The warnings are there, all over the road. If we ignore the warnings and live the way we want to live rather than for the glory of God, then we shouldn’t be surprised when the punishment is issued on the Last Day.
The warnings are there -- listen and heed them.