He summons you to eternal glory and everlasting joy, provided you submit to his rightful rule, and from henceforth entrust your persons and estates entirely to his disposal. He promises that you will suffer the rage of the enemy, the contempt of the world, and a perpetual warfare against your own fleshly desires. He promises neither long life, nor ease, nor security while you are in this world; but only a sufficiency of the necessities of life for as long as he requires your service. In short, he requires of you faithfulness with no visible reward until your term of service is completed. This you must take on trust.
To those who, with full understanding, and from the heart, accept of his offer, he promises this; that he will always be available to hear their requests and meet any need. In short, he pledges his everlasting friendship, which is worth more than all the world!
The King my Master would have me further declare, that he does not make this offer because you are worthy of such kindness. You are unworthy – and in fact, worthy rather of death and endless punishment. It is his infinite condescension, compassion and grace alone that have moved him to send his messengers with this offer of life.
He therefore requires that his servants give up all claim to merit, to worthiness, to personal righteousness. None are righteous (the King himself being excepted) for it is the absolute perfection of his righteous life and the obedience he offered to God by the willing sacrifice of himself that has procured God's favor for us.
He knows that some of you will scorn the message and turn away to their own destruction. The blame must fall on their own heads. It would be better for them if they had never been born. But do you look to your own salvation – not at the disobedience of others. Accept of this gracious suit without delay, while you have opportunity. Death or incapacitating illness or injury may intervene if you delay; in which case you will justly perish. Resolve to act now, and all is sure. Then, neither life nor death will be able to separate you from the love of God. He assures us in the strongest terms that he shall never perish who puts his trust in him.
Consider the greatness of the One who offers, the magnanimity of the offer, the value of his friendship, the eternal reward promised! You put him off at your peril. You have nothing to lose that is of lasting value, and an incorruptible life
of purest blessedness to gain! I beseech you, in Heaven's name, do not be deceived! This is a true offer; but it is for a limited time only. Trust the word of the high King of heaven, the word of him who is called “the true and faithful witness”, the word of one who himself suffered so that he could make this offer to you today. Trust the word of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
This moment is the most important moment of your life. Your whole future is on the line. Heaven and Hell lie before you – eternal bliss and eternal woe! Choose life – now!
Who will answer? Who will declare himself today to be from henceforth the Lord's servant? Who will embrace the good news and save himself alive? No one can answer for you. “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near. 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.”
This is my message. It is yours to act upon it. My commission to you is hereby fulfilled. Farewell!
Howard Douglas King
July 12, 2014