Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Urgency To Choose Rightly Now

20 week old baby in the womb, saved from abortion
This is the 3-d ultrasound of a 20-week old baby, saved from abortion. His little hand is against his face; his other arm bent with the elbow pointing towards us. His mother was overjoyed to learn she was having a little boy, all notions of taking the life of her own child vanquished. The text with his precious picture came to my phone while I was on the sidewalks of Charlotte's busiest abortion center, pleading with other moms to choose life for their babies.

Another woman did choose life yesterday at the abortion center. She seemed very tired and very overwhelmed when she first sat down on the couch in our mobile ultrasound RV from HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center. She has other children, and didn't quite know how she would handle yet another. I told her about all that Cities4Life can offer to help. When I mentioned the baby shower that provides the first two full years of everything the baby will need, her eyes lit up.

"Would you like that?" I asked.
She didn't speak English, but the look on her face was enough to tell me that offer had made a decisive shift in her despair. Maybe she wasn't alone. Maybe she could manage.
Through an interpreter, I asked her, "Have you decided you will not abort?"
She nodded. She would not abort her child.

I shared the Gospel, as we always do when we counsel the women on the RV if they will let us. Most do. Most know that life is not working out the way it should, that something is fundamentally wrong and they don't want to live this way anymore. The Gospel is transformative, and our mission is to transform world views through the power of Christ.

The language barrier made it more difficult. Nonetheless, she seemed to understand everything I said, and agreed with all of it, but was not quite ready to accept Jesus as Lord at that moment. She wanted to think about it. I told her, "Of course! But I would recommend you not wait too long..."

None of us is guaranteed tomorrow... or even the next breath. The Bible gives a strong sense of urgency. Hebrews 3:13 tells us:
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

A heart that is soft and receptive today, able to be encouraged by the truth of God's word, may not be able to receive that same truth tomorrow. Sin has a way of hardening our hearts and deceiving us to what is true and right. And even more ominous, what if today is all we have? Don't squander the opportunity God places before you at this moment

Hebrews 3:7-8  says Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion...

TODAY. He is speaking now, today. Do not rebel against Him. Do not harden your hearts.  

I cannot force anyone to accept Jesus, though I grieve when they do not. We are given free will for a purpose. C.S. Lewis states that well: The sin, both of men and of angels, was rendered possible by the fact that God gave them free will: this surrendering a portion of His omnipotence (it is again a deathlike or descending movement) because He saw that from a world of free creatures, even though they fell, He could work out (and this is the re-ascent) a deeper happiness and a fuller splendour than any world of automata would admit.

The young lady left the RV with a gift bag, a list of resources, my name and number, and a Spanish Bible.  I hugged her, waved goodbye as she drove away, and prayed that today she would consider the truth, and use her free will to choose not only life for her baby, but eternal life for herself.

A mom who chose life and is due any day now! She did accept Jesus while it was yet today!

Cities4Life is a ministry dedicated to serving Christ and changing the culture of our city from abortion to embracing the sacred, God-ordained value of life for the unborn and for all humanity. We need more volunteers to join our front-line teams on the sidewalks of abortion centers. To learn more and arrange a time to shadow experienced sidewalk counselors, please contact Vicky at

Joshua 24:15
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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