GOSPEL LIGHT MINUTE
with Daniel Whyte III
Allow me to read the words of a song titled “Tomorrow” written and sung by The Winans. I had not heard this song in a long time until Saturday at Whitney Houston’s homegoing service.
Jesus said, “Here I stand
Won’t you please let me in?”
And you said, “I will tomorrow”
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Jesus said, “I am He who supplies all your needs
And you said, “I know, but tomorrow
Ooh, tomorrow, I’ll give my life”
Tomorrow, I thought about today
But it’s so much easier to say”
Tomorrow, who promised you tomorrow
Better choose the Lord today
For tomorrow very well might be too late
And who said tomorrow would ever come for you
Still you laugh and play and continue on to say, “Tomorrow”
Forget about tomorrow, won’t you give your life today
Please don’t just turn and walk away
Tomorrow, tomorrow is not promised
Don’t let this moment slip away
Your tomorrow could very well begin today.
These are the words to a famous song written by Carvin Winans and Deborah Winans, and first sung by Carvin and his brothers Marvin, Michael, and Ronald in 1984. Carvin, Marvin, and their youngest brother, BeBe Winans sung this song again at Whitney Houston’s homegoing service on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey at the New Hope Baptist Church.
The words to this song are a powerful reminder to all of us that tomorrow is not promised us. James 4:13-14 states, “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” I am sure that Whitney Houston looked forward to attending her music mentor, Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party in the days before her death. She even told him that she was working on getting her voice back and that she would be “ready by August”. By many accounts she was looking forward to the future and to doing what she loved to do and spending time with her precious daughter, Bobbi Kristina. And for those of you who think that Whitney Houston had a death wish or a suicidal mentality, I assure you that the last thing on earth she wanted to do was die with her daughter just turning 18 years old. But “tomorrow” never came for Whitney Houston. Tomorrow is not promised to come for you or for me. Since today is all we have, this moment is all we have, the question is if you were to die today, are you ready to meet your Creator? Apparently, Whitney Houston was ready to meet Jesus Christ. Somewhere in her young life, she decided to believe in Jesus Christ. She loved Him and she knew that He loved her. She did not put off believing in Jesus until “tomorrow”. 2 Corinthians 6:2 states, “now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
Dear friend, many people who were alive yesterday are dead this morning. Many people who thought they would be here today are not here. So, “Don’t let this moment slip away.” Don’t put off accepting Christ until tomorrow or until some other time. “Your tomorrow could very well be today.” If you want to be ready to meet your Creator as Whitney Houston was, allow me to show you how:
John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
“For God so loved the world” means that if you are in the world, God loves you. No matter who you are, where you are, or what you have done, God loves you.
God loves you more than you love yourself. He loves you so much so “that He gave His only begotten Son.” His only begotten son is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and for mine, He was buried, and on the third day, He rose from the dead.
“that whosoever believeth in Him”, whosoever means anybody of any race, any color, any belief system, or any socio-economic status can believe on Jesus Christ.
“should not perish, but have everlasting life.” if you believe on Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you will not perish in hell, instead you will have everlasting life in heaven with God.
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!
Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of sixteen books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, and the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com.
Artist: The Winans