We had a phenomenal weekend at church. John Bevere came to speak, yet it was the Lord that was heard. Don’t you love it when the anointing of the Lord is oh-so-evident in a Christian’s life and it overflows into the lives of others? There’s nothing “dead” about a church or person alive with His anointing at work.
On Saturday’s drive home from such a powerful and encouraging evening, several Hawaii 5-0’s approached, lights blaring. It was evident they were cruising speedily to an emergency of some sort. One after another, they came out of nowhere, venturing onto the freeway, then shooting off onto various ramps, almost as if they were participating in an elegant, synchronized dance. I had never seen anything like it, and an odd uncertainty arose as I watched this show of lights and action through the windshield.
Something was not right.
After a short journey further down the freeway, the cause of their concern became evident. The sea of red taillights on the freeway chimed that the emergency was just ahead.
“Move to the left everyone! Move to the left!” was the call ringing from the speaker on the fire truck. Best we could, five or six lanes wide, we moved to the left.
The emergency vehicles continued to flow past. The trail of fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars alerted that whatever lie ahead was truly serious.
Indeed it was.
A three car accident had occurred. Flames, smoke, and the stench of burnt rubber filled the air. A white drape carefully placed over the unrecognizable, yet obviously well-burned car, indicated that someone had just completed their life here on earth. (As the news detailed later, it was a young, Honolulu police officer.) My heart cried.
I wonder…did he know Jesus? After all, my guess is that he had no clue it was going to be his last day on earth. None of us know when it will be our last day on earth, are we living it to the full in Him? Have we accepted Jesus as our Savior? Do we have the certainty of heaven? Are we living life full-blast for the Lord?
I know it can seem like such a cliche question, asking about eternity in light of a bad accident, but it was reality that night as I passed the horrific scene. Did the young officer go to heaven or hell? I don’t have that answer, but the Lord does.
It would be negligent to not ask you, do you have the certainty of heaven? Have you asked Jesus to be your Savior?
We may have been the wayward son or daughter, venturing far from “good” and that has left us thinking there is no hope, no turning to “good” now. Jesus wouldn’t want us after all, right? We may not look like we have it all together, and we may indeed be on the verge of losing it all simply because we haven’t accepted Jesus.
On the other hand, it’s really easy to do the “good” thing. We go to church, we help out, and me may even read Christian blogs like this one. We’re a “good” person. Indeed, we may be Sammie or Susie Sunday, looking like we have it all together, yet truly be on the verge of losing it all. Without Jesus, we have nothing. Without Jesus, we lose it all.
I was in that last category years ago. In my mid 20’s and newly married, I thought I was a Christian. After all, I was good, went to church nearly every Sunday, had a good job, and was a law-abiding citizen. That’s enough, right? My pastor’s wife didn’t seem to think so, and according to the Bible, she was right. There’s nothing in the Bible about being “good,” but there is plenty about knowing the Lord Jesus Christ and His forgiveness for our sins.
Lois, this beautiful woman, lovingly encouraged me to “be sure.” I put her off for a while (she made me mad honestly), but eventually the work of this sweet laborer in Christ bore fruit. I asked the Lord to forgive my sins and be my personal Savior (all by myself in a little Ford Ranger) and I am now ever grateful for this woman of God. Jesus forgave my sins instantly and the rest is history. The scene was nothing fancy, but the content and outcome was all good!
He can do the same for you…or your neighbor…or your children…or your co-worker….or your family member…or that stranger that has been placed in your path. Regardless of how good or bad you or they are, please don’t neglect making heaven a certainty or introducing Jesus to those who might need to. If you’re already saved, please don’t neglect being that laborer in Christ who brings the good news to others. We never know what tomorrow will bring. It’s never guaranteed, but heaven is when Jesus is in our hearts.
If you want the assurance of heaven and desire to have Jesus as your Savior, simply ask Him. It’s not difficult, just believe. “Jesus, I want you! Please forgive my sins and be my Savior.”
If you don’t know 100% that you’re heaven-bound, please, please, please make today the day that you are 100% certain. You can talk with Jesus on your own through prayer, or you can venture over to my page called, “Looking for Jesus.” (You’ll find a link for it near the top of the blog, just under the title.) There’s a prayer there as well as some scripture for you to chew on. It’s simple, but it’s sufficient. It’s all about Jesus.
On an ending note, let me leave you with this last thought from John 3:16. This version from THE MESSAGE emphasizes the importance of love, Jesus…and you.
“This is how much God loved the world:
He gave his Son, his one and only Son.
And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed;
by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.
God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger,
telling the world how bad it was.
He came to help, to put the world right again.
Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted;
anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it.
Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.