(Saved or Lost)
In the large city of Paris, France, stands a monument erected to the memory of General Napoleon. In the closing years of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the nineteenth century he became a feared man in Europe. His famous victories in battle and impressive conquests reached to such an extent that practically all of Europe, with the exception of England, was under his control. The ambitious general was entertaining the thought of controlling the whole world.
In Paris on the monument of the Arch of Triumph can be read a list of battles Napoleon fought and won. There is, however, one very important battle missing–Ah, yes!–The historic battle of Waterloo. It was lost. The tide had turned. His ambitions were shattered for he had lost this all-important battle. Upon this he was sent into exile, and he died a hated man.
What would it have availed Napoleon to have gained the whole world only to lose at Waterloo? His glory, fame and fortune were suddenly gone. All the victories of the past did not profit him at the time of this crushing defeat. By losing this battle he lost everything.
Every responsible soul encounters great spiritual battles in life. The consequences of these battles are of tremendous weight and importance. The defeat at Waterloo brought disgrace for Napoleon during his life. The loss of the battle of your soul brings anguish for eternity. Have you thought of the inevitable consequences of a self-centered Christless life?
Are you going to lose the battle of life? The battle between life and death? The battle between heaven and hell? The battle between self-denial and self-love, your soul and the devil? Jesus says: “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).
Whether we have much or little of this natural world in our possession, if we lose our own soul, what a tragedy! Our eternal destiny will be sealed. Many people don’t realize that there is a great spiritual battle to be fought. Their understanding has been blinded by Satan and the world, and they are asleep to the realities of the battle against sin. The Bible says: “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light” (Ephesians 5:14). Shake off the chains of sin and Satan. Make it a fight to the finish! You cannot escape natural death but you can escape eternal death. “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:14). “Where their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44). If you lose the battle for your soul’s salvation, it will be an eternal doom in hell and torment.
Did you ever stop to consider there is but one step between you and death? Are you ready to pass over the threshold of time into eternity? To gain the victory that will lead you to your heavenly home, you must come to Jesus who “came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). “God now commandeth all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). NOW! Not tomorrow or some other convenient season. “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). If you are yet without Christ in your heart, if your past condemns you, if you have not experienced the new birth (John 3:3), do not rest at ease. Repent! Come to Jesus just as you are while He stands knocking at the door of your heart. He said: “If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). You may ask, “Can a sinner really be saved?” Yes! Come to Christ in faith with your whole heart and accept Him as your personal Savior, repenting of your sins and obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit. Then you will win the battle of your soul. You will not only enjoy peace and joy in this life, but also bliss and glory with your Savior in eternity. Thousands of years ago the prophet Ezekiel said: “If the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed…and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live” (Ezekiel 18:21).
If you intend to enjoy the pleasures of a sinful world, you will find yourself losing out in the end as Napoleon did in the battle of Waterloo. You will be as a drowning man without a savior, and will perish. What a fate to spend eternity in hell! Grasp hold of Jesus Christ, the great Life Preserver without delay. He will save to the uttermost (Hebrews 7:25). Eternity in Heaven! Then, concerning the last battle, you will say with the apostle Paul: “Thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Dear soul, you have the choice of victory or defeat, Heaven or Hell, the living God or the devil, a joyous, glorious eternity or endless woe and torment. “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life” (Deuteronomy 30:19). Choose Jesus Today!