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Topic: Soul (07/13/06)
TITLE: Another Chance
By Anthony David
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Mike put on his flashy goggles and sat before the mirror admiring
himself. “Well, well” he mused, “Am I not a handsome hulk!”
His friend Luke walked in. “Well Michael, you seem to be getting ready to go somewhere. Why don’t you to come to the Gospel meeting at the church this evening? You can learn something of eternal value.”
Mike sighed. “Oh No Luke. Don’t start your soul-talk again. Aren’t you a young man? Lets eat, drink and be merry today. It is only today that is ours Luke. Why do you spoil this day by all your talk on ‘souls’?
Luke picked up his Bible. He looked earnestly at Michael. “Look Mike! The word of God is very clear about this. Even if a man gets all he wants in this world, he would lose all if he doesn’t save his soul. I want you to spend your eternity with God in Heaven. Not with Satan in hell. That’s why I keep asking you to come and listen to the good news. The Lord Jesus Christ and he alone can save us from our sins. Accept him and live forever Mike.”
Mike paused for a moment. Brushing his hair he questioned, “I understand your eagerness Luke. But am I on my deathbed? Why can’t my soul wait? Well, Shirley will be waiting for me. We are going to a movie. Please let me go.” He brushed his hair and set out on his motorbike. Luke looked on wistfully.
Hours later Luke got a call. “Is it Luke speaking? Your friends Mike and Shirley had an accident while returning from the movie. They are in a coma in the hospital.” Luke rushed to the hospital. He only paused to pray.
As he entered the ward he saw both Mike and Shirley lying side by side enveloped by many tubes. The monitors built up a crescendo of beeps. Tears welled up in his eyes. He met the doctor. “Well all I can say is that we wait and watch. I can’t promise you. Their lives are in God’s hands. We will do all we can.” Said the doctor.
Luke began his vigil by their beds. He held Mike’s hand and prayed, “Dear Lord, please give him another chance, if it is your will. Let him become yours and join you Lord in paradise.” he prayed.
The hours seemed long as Luke continued to pray. Sometime in the wee hours of the morning he felt a tremor in Mike’s hand. Mike had opened his eyes! He looked at Luke and whispered, “L. L. Luke!.…” To utter a single word, Mike seemed to pick up all his energy. Yet he continued, “Luke I want to accept Christ. Help me pray…”
Tears of joy cascaded down Luke’s face as he held Mike’s hand and prayed with him, “Dear Lord Jesus, I, Mike have been a sinner. I want to confess my sins, repent and accept you as my Saviour and Lord. Please enter my heart now Lord and cleanse it from all my sins. Thank you Lord, Amen.” Mike muttered Amen. A faint smile hovered around his face as he slowly lost consciousness.
At that instant there was a great rejoicing in heaven. All the angels held a great party.
“…there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents…” (Luke 15:7a.)
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