(Revelation 21:8) But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
Last week I wrote about the future of the children of God. God has planned wonderful things for his children. Those who refuse God’s invitation to forgiveness and eternal life will not be so fortunate. The scripture for this week points to the second death.
Thoughts of the second death lead to a jumble of concerns and visions. It’s hard to imagine the horror that this will be. I know people who are running down that wide road to destruction. It makes me want to carry a sign that reads, “THE END IS NEAR – BEWARE OF THE SECOND DEATH”. I don’t think a sign would be very affective. I can hear people saying, “Did you see the nut on the street corner with the big sign?” However, this scripture does add urgency to my prayer life.
Sometimes I get lax in my prayer time, but reading this scripture has stirred me to a greater resolve. I think that prayer is the most effective way to reach those who have not accepted the salvation God has provided through his son Jesus. I want to always be ready to share my faith, but I know that my words would not reach the heart of the listener, unless the Father is drawing them. Salvation is a miraculous act of God, so lifting up a person through prayer is the foundational beginning for reaching the unsaved.
The children of God have such a wonderful future. There is always room for new brothers and sisters to join us. Let’s be diligent praying for our friends, family members, neighbors, and those God has put on our heart, so we can be servants in his plan of redemption. Remember, our God desires that none should perish (2 Peter 3:9).