About a year ago a thought came to me about who I’ll see in heaven. Initially it was just a thought. And then it grew stronger by the day. It dawned on me that not everyone ends up in heaven except those who have surrendered their lives to Jesus. This means that unless my loved ones are born again, believers and dedicated followers of Jesus Christ I won’t see them in heaven. That really got me. The thought, image, pictures of my loved ones, relatives and friends writhing and screaming day and night, FOREVER! was beyond words can describe.
Whether we believe it or not the bible makes it very, very, clear that after this life on earth comes two places of existence that will go on forever – heaven with God or hell without God. Millions of people throughout the ages have argued and complained to and against God about heaven and hell but to date one unmovable fact remains: everyone dies!
If you want to know how a story ends turn to the last chapter, to the end of the book. So, the very last book of the bible, Revelation, we find God’s preview of what awaits all of us. First the glimpse of what heaven is like: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Rev. 21:4, NIV). Wow! No more cancer, heart attacks, depression, guilt and shame. No more pain!
Now a glimpse of hell, “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (Rev. 21:8, NIV). Forever burning in the fiery lake of burning sulfur?! How fearful, unimaginable, can you get! I’m sure you don’t want any of your family, relatives or friends to go there. Neither do I.
For many years now Sandra and I have been praying daily for our children, grandchildren, relatives, friends, congregation, and anyone the LORD brings to mind. But after this revelation we realised the absolute necessity of keeping on praying and interceding for people.
Now you know why I keep saying that St James must grow in the hundreds and thousands in the years to come. In fact, my prayer is for all the churches in Pukekohe to grow in the hundreds and thousands. According to Google Pukekohe’s population last June (2018) was 31,400. When I grouped the current 13 Christian churches in Pukekohe, I generously came up with say 2,800 church attenders. That means 28,600 of our population do not attend or belong to any of our Pukekohe churches. That also means that 28,600 people in our very community may end up in hell. That is a sobering, dreadful, unforgiving thought.
We only live once then either heaven or hell. Jesus is the Good News about saving people from going to hell and directing them to heaven. Brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s introduce as many hundreds and thousands as possible, to Jesus, The ANSWER!