Last week I was sitting with a group of ladies around a table at a Bible study and had a sentimental moment.
“We are all going to be friends forever. We will be able to gather like this for all of eternity and continue to study this unsearchable book.”
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. Isaiah 40:8
Since the Bible is eternal, and so are people’s souls, being with my friends forever is my future reality. Super exciting!
“What are things we cannot do once we get to heaven?” I asked.
“Sin,” someone said.
Oh, yes! I can’t wait to not have to contend with this sinful flesh that wants to be lazy, spend too much, think mean thoughts, act selfishly, eat too much candy, spend too much time on the phone and requires discipline to pray. I am so eager for the fight to go away.
Then I said what I always say.
I said what grips my heart and keeps me actively serving the Kingdom of God more than any other principle.
“Once I am in heaven, I can no longer invite anyone else to come to heaven with me.”
If you are reading this blog post, you are alive today, as I am. That means each of us has the power to share the hope of the gospel with people today, or to be developing relationships that are headed toward such conversations.
Because the souls of people also last forever.
Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. Psalm 90:12
What are we doing with our time?
Spending it on ourselves in this brief life, or spending it on stuff that last forever? Are we sharing Jesus and teaching others to walk closely with God, so they can do the same?
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? Romans 10:14
Any Christian who is being nice to people but is holding back the message of Jesus, simply becomes a nice person. People only go to heaven when a nice person in their life also introduces them to Jesus.
Someone has to tell them.
Picture Explanation: It took forever this year, but fall finally arrived in Georgia. Our annual trip to the pumpkin farm occurred without me, but father and son went together and my son selected a pumpkin just for me. We will carve our pumpkins this afternoon. I love our tradition over the years.
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