In response to one of my points (“The Jesus nut.”) from this past weekend in Acts 25, it reminded a Hopester of a personal experience he shared by way of an email. I thought it was an excellent life lesson, so I am now sharing part of it with you. Also, if you did not hear the teaching last weekend please go online to welcome2hope.com and listen for yourself.
This Hopester who was in the Marine Corps wrote, “…I got a call from Chief Warrant Officer Hart, my Officer in Charge. He said we were going flying on a CH-46. These helicopters are leftovers from the Vietnam era and are known for being in need of repair.
“I met crew Chief Harmon. She was about 5 foot tall and left no doubt she was in charge of the flight, not the pilot ha. I took my seat and immediately noticed a couple of fittings that were leaking fluids. So, I yelled out to Chief Harmon so she would notice them. I will never forget her response. ‘Let me know immediately if it stops! As long as it’s still pumpin’ we’re still flyin’. I was stunned by her response. After an amazing flight over the Pacific Ocean, we landed gracefully and shut down. Chief Harmon grabbed me by the arm looked me square in the eyes and said this. ‘_____, there are days that just suck, but just like my bird, if your heart is still pumping you have a job to do. Understand what I am saying?’ And for the first time since the training accident, I truly did know what she meant.”
Many times, I have taught the following; As long as you are breathing, there is still hope. Likewise, as long as your heart is pumping, as long as you are breathing, as long as you have not yet entered eternity, there is still hope you for and anyone else on the planet.
In Hebrews 9:27-28, we are instructed, “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Please carefully note, we are “destined to die once.” This means we only have one chance at this life. We only have one chance, while our heart is beating and our lungs are breathing, to place our faith in Jesus and to live for Him. There are no do-overs or second chances. There is no reincarnation.
If you’re reading this it means your heart is still pumping and your lungs are still working which also means there is still time to trust in Jesus and to become more and more of who He desires for you to be and to do what He desires for you to do. Because Jesus resurrected from the dead and because the Resurrection is the Jesus Nut of the Christian faith, we too can have the opportunity to live and love for Him now and forever.