Time moves rapidly. The sinful heart is approaching the day of its death. Its body may be full of fear. The accumulated riches, if any, are of no avail. Friends found in times of pleasure are now absent. The vices of sin stand in silent accusation. The ten commandments, God’s eternal law, speaks once more, ”My spirit shall not always strive with man” (Genesis 6:3), and now is heard no more.
The Spirit of God now turns to the living and in final testimony says, ”Behold the wages of sin.” It is awful to behold the sinful heart in its dying hour; no hope, no Savior, no light; only darkness and utter despair. Wailing and gnashing of teeth and furnace of fire awaits him. (Matthew 13:42). This doom awaits all sinners, whether they never turned from sin or returned to sin like the backsliding heart. ”It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
HOMECOMING OF THE OVERCOMING HEART
This heart is victorious. Its intent is to walk worthy of God who has called him unto His kingdom and glory (1 Thessalonians 2:12). Through the transforming power of the new birth this child of God endeavors daily to lay aside the sin and weight that is easily beset it, running the race of life patiently, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of his faith (Hebrew 12:1,2).
Satan remains close at hand with great power, but the Christian has peace and security, for he is kept by the power of God (1 Peter 1:5).
The trials of life present themselves in due time. God’s child may suffer great hardship, with persecutions even by loved ones, being despised and rejected by his fellow men. At times the temptation to lay down the cross of Christ and its affliction may almost overwhelm him. The glitter of the broad road with its gaiety and laughter come to the eyes and ears of this pilgrim. The flesh is tempted through its love of ease, asking for a way that would give it greater liberty. Satan wishes this heart to forget its past bondage, urging a backward look to its past indulgences and carnal life. The Holy Spirit warns that, ”No man, having put his hand to plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62).