Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist
that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4:14
I was going to write about a praiseworthy testimony in regards to “Who’s Your One” but I will hold that until next week. This past Sunday, many were saddened by the sobering news of Koby Bryant’s tragic death (along with 8 others). We know that people die every day. As a church, we have had five deaths in January and all of those families have been dealing with death and the associated grief. However, Kobe’s death has been especially impactful because he was a beloved athlete (superstar to be more exact) who died at the age of 41.
If you are a sports fan and watch ESPN, you have seen the impact of Kobe’s death on athletes, coaches, fans, and so many other. Many of our sports heroes have shared special memories of Kobe along with lots of tears and grief. Some NBA players were not able to play this week and the Lakers game was canceled. Kobe’s death has been as impactful as most anybody I can remember.
Because of this tragedy, many people have been reminded about the frailty of life. None of us are guaranteed another year of life (or even another day). AS such, many people are thinking about eternity this week. I don’t know Kobe’s spiritual condition. I hope he was a follower of Jesus. I do know that unless the Lord returns, we will all have our turn at dying. Hebrews 9:27 tells us that “it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.” There are so many people around us (and around the world) who are not ready for death and the coming judgment. Kobe’s death provides us with a tremendous opportunity to have discussions about eternity and how to know for certain you are going to heaven. Bro. Jeff has already had a few students want to talk about being saved and going to heaven. (Pray for them.)
I hope we will be ready and willing to share our hope in Jesus with those who have questions about death and eternity. I would be glad to help you or go with you if you need help in talking to somebody about a relationship with Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 says, “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Most of us are very familiar with John 3:16 and it is always a good time to tell people about God’s love for them. After we share the Gospel and explain why Jesus went to the cross to die for our sins, John 1:12 says, “but to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” Romans 10:9 says, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” We also have some “Steps to Peace with God” tracts that might be helpful in talking about God’s plan of salvation.
I could tell of several occasions where God allowed tragedy to be used to soften hearts and prompt people to be open to the Gospel. As much grief as has been caused by Kobe’s tragic death, may Christians be ready to shine the light of the Gospel and share the hope of eternal life. Maybe this would be a good opportunity to talk to your “one” about a relationship with Jesus. Let’s pray for Kobe’s family and all those who have been gripped by this heartbreak.