The latest survey says that 100 out of every 100 people will die and that God has said that He has put eternity in the hearts of mankind (Eccl 3:11).
I have a nursing home Bible study every Wednesday night and one Wednesday night, one of the residents died. It was a frightening experience for the residents and so we cancelled the Bible study that night and I just spoke plainly to some of the residents there about life being so finite. Many of them were quite shaken by this tragedy.
No one knows the day or hour when they will pass from this life. I would ask them, “Have you ever thought about where you will go after you die? If you could know for sure where you would go after death, would you want to know?”
Some told me that they are spiritual or that they are a very good person and know that they will go to heaven. I then asked them, “Where did you learn this from? How do you know that is true? Are you certain where you will go after you die?”
I hear some say that they will be reincarnated, others say they will cease to exist and many other different answers to these questions. That is when I ask them, “Where did you learn this from? How do you know that is true?”
People falsely believe that if they’re a good person, they’ll go to heaven but our best deeds are like filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6). The fact is that there is "No one is righteous--not even one” (Rom 3:10) and only “The fool says in his heart, "There is no God” (Psalm 14:1).
Would you consider yourself a good person? Do you think you’ve kept the Ten Commandments? Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever stolen anything? Have you ever lusted in your heart when you looked at a man? Jesus said that “anyone who looks at a woman (or man too) and lusts in their heart after them has already committed adultery with her.” Jesus equates hating someone with murdering someone in their heart.
Most people, by their own admission, lie, steal, and are adulterer’s at heart. If God were to judge you according to the Ten Commandments, would you be guilty or innocent? Do you think your destiny will be heaven or hell? Most will say “Heaven” because they believe God is a good God and would never send me to hell…since I have done a lot of good things in my life”.
Let’s try this scenario in front of a judge. You just stolen something or got busted with cocaine. Do you think the judge will let you go just because he’s a good person? No, it is because he is a good man that he will convict you. If you tell him that you’ve done a lot of nice things in your life, do you think that will help you? The Bible says in Revelation that all liars, adulterers, thieves, and murderers will be thrown into the lake of fire. Ask, “Does that concern you?”
Just 3 days before our elder’s father-in-law’s death, he finally believed in Jesus Christ and trusted his eternity with God. He didn’t know that he only had 3 days to live. Neither did I. In God’s sovereign timing, I had gone by there just before he died and today he is alive forever more, no pain, no suffering, no tears, no sorrow and he escaped an eternal judgment (Rev 20:11-15).
I am so glad I shared this good news with him and that is why I am sharing it with you today. If you die without repenting and trusting in Christ then you will have no second chance and this is why I am risking my friendship with you to tell you before you die. Then it is too late.
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