What do you think is special about the number 143? Among other things one in every 143 Americans are in jail. 143 People live in Montana Zip Code 59853. Rebels in Columbia once kidnapped 143 people from a church service. Today one American farmer feeds 143 people.
All of those are interesting. But none are as crucial as the fact that in the next 60 seconds 143 souls will go out into eternity. Imagine for a moment just what that looks like. Picture a large room with 143 people standing in it. Men and women, boys and girls of every race and social class all destined to leave this world in one minute.
It’s an awesome thought. Yet does it do anything to us as Christians when we consider the multitudes pouring into eternity without Christ? Ponder the worth of 143 souls. Then, go redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.