Can you imagine a person who, being blind and deaf, could not learn...or even know...that
people can talk and communicate. A fever at age 19 months left Helen Keller that way, and she might have lived her lifetime
like a zombie, but at age six, a woman named Anne Sullivan had patience to work with her until one day Helen was holding her
hand under a pump as Anne worked the handle, and the child finally realized that "things" had names. Her life
changed in an instant.
She grew from there, and became an excellent student, graduating with
honors from Radcliffe College in 1904. She became a famous lecturer, and founded the American Foundation for the Blind.
She was an inspiration. And does this make it easier to imagine how any person can be
changed in an instant by giving his or her life to Christ? There are variations in how each person reacts at conversion...some
who are converted at an early age, before the sins of the world have begun to affect them, have a peace settle over them,
with the stressses of life fading, with the help of their new Savior. However, we know many true stories of adults who
have sunk to the gutter, as it were, and at conversion their lives changed in the twinkling of an eye, and they became new
in a way that could not have been imagined. I know of some personally, leaving no doubt at all.
I'll mention one: An elderly man living in a hovel with a sick wife inside. The wife sent word for a minister,
who came and she was healed. The husband, who had been sitting on the porch in dirty overalls and a long beard that
was tobacco stained, became a believer on the scene and the next Sunday, he and his wife came to the one-room schoolhouse
where the minister had been preaching...he in clean overalls and beard, a changed man...the picture of the man the dear woman
had married years before. What a miracle, and what a change in both lives!
was my Dad, and the story is true. And it can happen to you, whatever your circumstances. Talk to Christ about
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.