A Sobering Truth to Keep Us Praying

Posted on November 25, 2020

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By David Ettinger

Hit Hard
In finishing up my reading of the Book of Mark a few days ago, I was just about at the end when I read these two verses:

“And He [Jesus] said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. The one who has believed and has been baptized will be saved; but the one who has not believed will be condemned’” (16:15-16).

Of course I have read this passage numerous times over the past 3-plus decades of my salvation, but this time, this passage hit me hard – specifically, the words, “but the one who has not believed will be condemned.”

Why did it hit me so hard?

Though this is the time of giving thanks, for me it is also the time of birthdays. My former wife, with whom I have had a long and peaceful relationship, celebrated a birthday a couple of weeks ago. My beloved son, Aaron, turned 37 two days ago. And my very, very beloved grandson, Zac, turns 4 next week. Furthermore, my sister, Shari, celebrated her birthday just one day before my ex-wife.

My son Aaron celebrated his 37th birthday 2 days ago,
but my grandson Zac got to open the presents!

What do these all have in common? They (with the exception of Zac, who has not yet reached “the age of accountability”) – along with my daughter-in-law, two other siblings, nieces, nephews, and my ex’s two grown children (whom I love dearly) with her second husband – do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

In fact, they have spent their entire adult lives rejecting Him, and, as Mark 16:16 tells us, they are, at least currently, “condemned.”

It is a bitter thing to swallow. I never would have thought that 34 years following my salvation (October of 1986) not a single loved one would come to faith in Jesus Christ.

However, their lives are not yet over, and I know that God can do miracles. If you are one who prays for others, I would ask you not to pray for my entire family, but at least for my son Aaron and grandson Zac.

Also, if you have loved ones you would like to have readers of this post pray for, please tell us in the comments (feel free to use their names), and I know that both I and my gracious readers will pray for them.

The Gospel of Mark is a marvelous book, but it ends with a sobering truth. So sobering and so true, in fact, that it should keep all believers praying until our final breath on this Earth.

May God bless you richly this Thanksgiving season!  

Zac and me this past Sunday.