Tuesday, January 15, 2013

If You Died Tonight




I have been a big Big Daddy Weave fan for several years, and their latest CD only reinforces my opinion of this group. The CD is called Love Come to Life, and there is a wonderful track I want to write about called If You Died Tonight.

While the entire CD is praiseworthy I want to focus on this song for highlighting what is becoming a lost and criticized practice. I remember when the church used to focus on evangelism, when seeing lost souls pulled from the fire was of chief concern.

But not anymore.

Churches like ours that still bring up the reality of hell and invite people to consider their own eternal destiny are laughed off as old fashioned. Churches like ours that stand in the boldness of the book of Acts are made to feel intrusive, in-your-face, and annoying. But Big Daddy Weave calls their listeners to remember that the person you are in a conversation with today could actually die tonight. If they do, did you give them the opportunity to put their faith in Christ? Here is the song:

I don’t have it all together
Sometimes I find myself asking why oh why
But I know we don’t have forever
So I’d be a fool to let this moment pass us by
So at the risk of sounding crazy let me ask you

If you died tonight, where would you be
Where would your soul spend eternity
Jesus gave His life
If you’d just believe it changes everything
If you died tonight

You can call me narrow minded
But I believe that in your heart there lies the proof
And if you look down deep you’ll find it
An empty place that is pointing to the Truth
You can hear His voice inside you
Gently asking

If you died tonight, where would you be
Where would your soul spend eternity
Jesus gave His life
If you’d just believe it changes everything
If you died tonight


Say I need You
I can’t live without You
Come and fill my life with Your glory, God  

That is hard to argue with. I know all the reasons not to do it. I know that someone’s relationship with Christ is personal. I know that people have a bad taste in their mouth when it comes to “religion.” I know that relationships are important and take time to build. But what if they die tonight? (These “reasons” are usually just excuses)

I hear from fellow believers that evangelism is a turn off to the unsaved, but when we engage these people I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people something like, “I have lived across the street from that church for 10 years and you are the first person to knock on my door.”

What they are really saying is, “If you think I might go to hell, what took you so long?”

What if he died last night?

Believer, if you believe that hell is a real place, then let’s drop the excuses and get busy trying to rescue as many as we can from that place. Let’s beg God to send a Holy Spirit boldness to fall on us and empower us to fulfill the commission He gave us. 

Please buy the CD here

(Read about Big Daddy Weave's song "You Found Me" here)

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