This is the MOST IMPORTANT THING I can share. It's a hard things to talk about. Awkward, but vitally important. I pray that you'll read it.
“‘As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.’ So then each of us shall give account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:11-12). Those words should either scare you to death or bring you great excitement. The day will come when you will die. Not if, but when. None of us make it out of here alive. On that day, you will come before the throne of God. Every single one of us will. There will be no scales comparing your good deeds vs. your bad deeds. That's not how it works.
It all comes down to Jesus. You've probably heard that Jesus came, died on the cross for our sins, was buried and raised on the third day. When you heard it, what did you do about it? Some hear and continue on with their life as always. God has given us the freedom to make that choice.
Others, like myself, find that their heart is pricked. They realize that they've spent their life rebelling against God, and their pursuit of worldly things has left them empty. Moreover, the sinful things that they have indulged in have left them full of guilt, shame, pain and hurt. So they turn away from those things (repentance) and toward God.
For those who start living for Christ the day we die will be the best day of our lives. We will hear those words "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” We will enter heaven, where there will be no more pain and suffering, and all will be made new. That is where we will spend eternity.
Those who hear the gospel and do NOT change will also come before God. At that point, nothing good that they've done will matter and repenting will be pointless. Then they will hear these terrible words, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!"
It kills me to know that people for whom I care deeply will hear this. They will spend eternity wailing and gnashing their teeth in everlasting punishment.
I wouldn't wish that upon my worst enemy; I don't want anyone to go to hell. Which is why we Christians can be weird and annoying. If we believe that heaven and hell are real, we should love people enough to be awkward, even annoying. We should care enough about to tell them the truth.
Thank you, Cory, for speaking the truth.
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