Life is short. Yesterday, my father-in-law, Bayani Revilleza, passed away at the age of 58. My husband and I are reminded that life is indeed short. A few months ago, my husband and mother-in-law accompanied him in National Kidney and Transplant Institute.
Before leaving, my husband asked me to pray for him as he will once again share the Gospel to his father. We held hands and prayed. His salvation has always been part of our annual faith goals. To be exact, my husband prayed for him for 16 years and on that day, Papa accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. It was a joyful day for our family.
As weeks went by, his condition got worse and he was in and out of hospitals. Yesterday, he breathed his last and finally meets the One who has loved him the most. Yesterday, our family cried because of this great loss yet there was an unspeakable peace in our hearts.
My husband, Noel prayed, persevered and took the step of faith. He was courageous to share the love that continually captures his. I am glad he did.
Life is short. There are times when we need to build relationships with people first before sharing the Gospel. There are also times when people need to hear His love first before we could build a relationship with them. Cases differ. But it does not decrease the significance of sharing the Gospel.
I remember back in college, when I was sharing the Gospel, my classmate told me that how dare I share something that I don’t know. “You don’t know what’s after death,” she said. I told her she was right. But I know Someone who knows what’s after death and rose again after three days. I know Him. I know my Jesus. I know a lot of people do not agree with Him but that is my choice, to trust in Him. He who knows what’s after death and lived to tell the story.
Life is short.
Perhaps there is someone you need to speak to and make amends with.
Someone you have to forgive.
Perhaps there is someone you need to spend time with and show love to.
Someone you have to appreciate.
Perhaps there is someone who needs to know he is loved.
Someone you have to share Jesus to.
Today, we appreciate the beauty of the Gospel. That unspeakable peace. That indescribable love. That Jesus.