Sandcastles On the Beach: A Parable (GLMX #451)
This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #451 titled, “Sandcastles On the Beach: A Parable” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
One sunny day, some children were playing on the beach, making sandcastles. Suddenly, the sea-water started receding from the shoreline. Then from afar a man cried, “Come over here, hurry!”
But the kids did not hear and kept on playing. The sandcastle was almost finished and they were chatting with one another, so they did not pay much attention to their surroundings.
Then as one boy looked up to the ocean, and asked, “Hey, what is that?” the tsunami waves swept them all away.
Sadly, this is the life-story of many people today.
WHAT KIND OF SANDCASTLE ARE YOU BUILDING?
Some people build their castles by working really hard to earn lot of money and comfort in life. Others build sandcastles by pursuing their own dreams. But what you need to awaken to is the fact that one day, a tsunami called death will come sweep you away—along with the sandcastles you made.
Everyone knows that they are going to die. They also know that death will take away all their work and dreams. But just as in the story above, they ignore the warnings of death, and go on building temporary things. Why is that? There are two reasons.
1. BUILDING SANDCASTLES IS FUN
There are many joys that the world offers—pursuing good fashion, traveling around the world, playing games, enjoying convenience, watching sports, earning reputation, drinking alcohol, having sex, accumulating knowledge, money, power, and so on—all these capture people’s minds and eyes. The Bible calls these things “the fleeting [short-lived] pleasures of sin.” 1
The things listed above may not be inherently sinful. But when you turn your back on God’s desires for your life and pursue only things that make your life easier or give you pleasure, you have sinned. And these “sandcastles” give pleasure for just a moment. Your “high” will soon dissipate, and time will take you to your grave sooner than you wish.
The Bible also says the following about sin in Romans 2:8-9: “But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath.” On top of that, those who practice sin become enslaved to sin. That is why you will often observe how people who pursue the things mentioned above will find themselves addicted to them. So the ultimate result of sin (God’s wrath and fury), and the enslaving power of sin add together to be a recipe for destruction.
2. PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT LIFE AND DEATH
The second reason why people still play on the beach when the tsunami of death is headed their way is that people do not know the truth about life and death. You only live once, and you will die. But it does not stop there. After death is judgment. You get one chance at life: you will not return to this earth as a different person or some other living organism. Death is an appointment you will keep, and tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone. But after death is when judgment will happen.
The Bible states in Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
After death, you do not stop existing, or automatically go to some paradise. Rather, there is judgment. This judgment will also be stricter than the strictest supreme court of law on the face of this earth. This is because God will be the judge. God is perfect. He is in heaven above and man is on the earth below. God does not overlook any type of sin or evil. God loves justice, righteousness and purity. This perfection and the standard of judgment can be seen through the Ten Commandments. Here are some of them:
you shall have no other gods before Me
you shall not use the name of the Lord in vain
honor your parents
do not murder
do not commit adultery
do not steal
do not lie and
do not covet or desire others’ property.
Have you broken any of these? If so, you will receive judgment.
COME TO JESUS
So I am crying out to you as the man from afar did to the kids in the story: “Come here, hurry!” The place to which I am crying, “Come here,” is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was God and man who historically lived and walked on this earth 2,000 years ago. If you were living at that time, you would have directly heard about Him yourself. Through countless and marvelous miracles and through His righteous and often surprising teaching, He proved His qualifications and showed His right to authority.
But as predicted in the biblical prophecies mentioned long ago, written in the Old Testament (BCE), He was crucified and executed. He was receiving the judgment against the sin of His people, on their behalf. But He did not remain dead—He came back to life! He walked out of the stone tomb and He went up into heaven forty days after His resurrection. Through this resurrection, Jesus proved to the world that He is the Son of God, and now calls everyone who has ears to listen to believe in Him and follow Him.
With the tsunami of death heading towards you and with the voice of the Son of God calling you, how will you respond? Will you admit that you have been building sandcastles your whole life, dust off your hands, and run to Jesus Christ with faith?
Jesus Christ said in John 6:37, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
The Bible says in Isaiah 55:7, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”
The Bible says in Isaiah 55:1-3, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live…”
The Bible states in Galatians 1:4-5, The Lord Jesus Christ “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
If you want to be saved from the wrath to come and from an eternity in Hell, and if you believe that Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
The tract this podcast is based on is published by Moments With The Book, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to spread God’s Word to the world through the printed page and other media. You can order copies of this tract online at MWTB.org.