Have you ever been asked to do something that you know will lead to rejection, ridicule, or at the very least, a hurtful response?
Well, if you have, you know how I’m feeling right now.
What would you do if you knew taking that action might actually save someone’s life, or at the very least would cause him to STOP and THINK? Would you risk rejection and ridicule then ?
Before you answer, please know I’m not being arrogant or argumentative. I’m just carrying a burden I can no longer carry. I know too many people who are struggling with what I’m about to share.
Believe me, for YEARS I did too !
However, I’ve come to the point where I’m willing to risk your rejection and ridicule. I’m willing because your future just might depend on it.
Yes, it would be easier not to write this, particularly because many of you who read my blog don’t share my faith. And yet, with all the recent events that have unfolded in my life, I’m no longer willing to ‘play it safe’—I’m choosing to risk rejection and causing you some ‘discomfort’ if it gives you cause for pause and prompts you to investigate further.
Allow me preface this by stating, what I think doesn’t matter. What’s important is what the Bible says.
The Truth is good people don’t go to heaven.
The reality is none of us are good—or, shall I say good enough. If you happen to be that person who believes you’ll go to heaven because you “think” you’re a pretty good person, you go to church regularly, you volunteer at the soup kitchen, or you give money to a charity or your church, I’m sorry, that’s not going to cut it.
If you don’t believe that, then answer this question. If being ‘good’ could get you and me into heaven, “Why did Jesus have to die on a cross?”
He died as a substitute for you and for me. He died so that you and I could have access to the Father for eternity. Jesus made the way on that cross for us to go to heaven, not hell, where we really do belong. (I know, I just offended someone.)
WAIT! Before you click off, tell me, do you do a bit of research before you take a vacation, buy a car, purchase a stock, or a myriad of other things? Well then, don’t you think investing just a bit of your time researching where you’ll spend eternity might be prudent? After all, eternity is a very long time.
I’ve had many people close to me die this year. And, yes, most of them were way too young. I never thought they’d die so young. And, I’m willing to bet they didn’t think they would die so young either.
That’s the point.
You don’t know when you’ll take your last breath. And, neither do I.
This begs the question, “Where will you go one second after you die?”
The Truth is there are only two places any of us will go—heaven or hell. (I know, I just offended someone else.)
Good works won’t get you into heaven. And, if you happen to be the person who thinks that, please don’t take offense when I ask you, “Where is that check list?” Certainly if that was the ticket in, we would all have access to that “Get Into Heaven Check List.” (By the way, there’s no such list.)
The money you’ve donated won’t get you in.
And certainly, just because you attend church regularly, that’s not your way in either.
There is only one way.
Jesus clearly tells us how when he answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
So, what’s your point, Susan?!
My point is, time is short. You and I aren’t promised our next breath.
Don’t you think where you’ll spend eternity is worth investigating just a bit before it’s too late?
Truly, I’m not trying to be anything but a loving friend. I care. And clearly if I didn’t, do you think I’d invest my time writing this and risking your rejection and our friendship? Frankly, the real question is, “What kind of friend would I be if I didn’t warn you?”
BUT REMEMBER, I ALREADY TOLD YOU THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME.
THIS IS ABOUT YOU, YOUR FUTURE, AND WHERE YOU’LL SPEND ETERNITY.
I already KNOW I’m not good. I KNOW I’m a sinner. And, I KNOW I have been saved by God’s grace alone.
And for those of you who are asking yourself, “Does Susan really believe God would reject an entire group of people simply because they didn’t confess Jesus before others as his/her Lord and Savior? Does she really believe there is only ONE way to heaven?”
Again, it doesn’t matter what I think. It’s what the Bible says.
So, if you’ve stuck with me this far, I ask you, “Are you willing to risk God’s rejection when you die? Are you willing to spend eternity apart from Him?”
I hope not.
His Word clearly says, “whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33)
I don’t know how else to make this more clear. These aren’t my words, they’re His.
I must confess, I don’t have some clever ending to this post. I simply have an invitation for you: If you have any questions, want to pray, or would like to discuss this further, I am here for you. Feel free to send me an email at em.opad@yads and we can set up a time to chat.
Please understand, risking your rejection is worth it to me if this causes you to at least consider what I’ve shared. There are many great books out there that will explain this far better than I ever could. Let me know if you need help finding one of those resources.
By the way, will you risk rejection and share this with someone you love?
Have a great weekend!