“A New Year’s Gift” January 1, 1760
“Knowing the TIME, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep!” Romans 13:11
Consider the SHORTNESS of your time! That part of time which is parceled out to you, is not only uncertain–but extremely short! It is uncertain when it will end, but it is absolutely certain that it will end very soon!
In a short time death will convey you from this world–to Heaven or Hell. Is it not high time then for you to awake out of sleep! Your work is great–and your time is short! You have no time to spare–none to trifle away!
Methinks it would shock a man to enter upon a new year, without knowing whether he will be in Heaven or Hell before the end of it! We are all standing upon the slippery brink of eternity!
This day let us put this question to our hearts: “What really am I? Am I a humble, dutiful servant of God? Or am I a disobedient, impenitent sinner? Am I a disciple of Christ in reality? Or do I only wear His name, and make an empty profession of His religion? Where am I bound for? For Heaven–or for Hell? Which am I most fit for in my disposition? For the region of perfect holiness–or for that region of sin and impurity? Shall I stupidly delay the determination, until it is passed by the irrevocable sentence of the Supreme Judge, before whom I may stand before this year is at a close? Alas, if it should then be against me–then my doom will be remediless!”
There is none of this salvation work in Hell! They no sooner enter into the eternal world–than their state will be unchangeably and eternally fixed!