But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. – Revelation 21:8
I was driving to Subway after church this past Sunday. When I was about a mile away, a car flashed its headlights at me . . . I didn’t really think anything of it. Immediately afterwards, another car flashed its headlights at me . . . I checked my speed and fortunately didn’t need to adjust. Sure enough, there was the cop on the left side of the road with his radar.
I told my son, “You know, there is a sermon in what just happened, could you imagine getting caught speeding after having two warnings within a mile? In the same way, many people know they need Jesus in their lives to go to heaven. I wonder how many warnings have they rejected?”
I’m here writing once more with a John the Baptist anointing, “Repent! For the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” You nor I know the day or hour that we have our Hebrews 9:27 appointment with God, but it is coming. One statistic that has remained steady is that one out of every one person dies. There is only one way to heaven . . . He who has the Son has life, but he who has not the Son has not life (1 John 5:12). Sometimes I feel like I’m apologetically writing that Jesus is the only way to heaven. I know many people hate hearing it. But the truth is . . . it is not my truth. This truth was written long before I entered this sin-cursed world that constantly attempts to drag my soul to hell.
Lord, You do not say to a lost soul about to meet their eternal fate, “Depart from me, you never went to church,” or “Depart from me, you were a bad person.” You say, “Depart from me, I never knew you.” Left on our own, we will do wicked and vile things. Everyone needs You to go to heaven. Everyone needs a new heart that wants to follow Your will. Everyone needs to be born again to see Your kingdom in all its glory. Please, Lord, use this little devotional to convict hearts. Please, Lord, help those convicted hearts cry out to You, “Jesus, save me! I give my heart, my mind, and my life to You! Forgive me and cleanse me, for I now place my trust in the work You did for me at the cross. Cover my sins with Your blood, Lord! I believe.” May all who read this devotional hear the words we should all long to hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Amen.