What an awesome God we serve! I can’t even begin to fathom all of the amazing things about my Heavenly Father. And I like it that way. I love that God is constantly showing me His sovereignty in every situation. He knows everything, created everything, is in everything…and yet He still teaches me the most profound lessons through the simplest things.
Today Avy and I were outside walking and came across a huge bumble bee that was laying on the ground. Our conversation went like this:
Avy: “Bee!!!!!” (pointing)
Me: “It is a bee. Don’t touch it.”
Avy: “He sleeping.”
Me: “Baby, I don’t think he’s sleeping. I think he’s dead.”
Avy: “He with Jesus.”
I, of course, laughed heartily at that before agreeing with her sanctified interpretation of the bee’s death. As much time as we spend outside, we come across a lot of things that are dead from ants to birds. A long time ago I made the executive decision to tell her the truth about these things. After all, death is part of life. She doesn’t have to know the gruesome details, but there is no point is withholding the inevitable information from her that things die.
Anyway, it got me thinking that, while my two year old doesn’t need to know that being dead and being with Jesus are two very different things, that is a distinction that we hesitate to make. It is so much easier to say that everyone and everything goes to Heaven. The world would like to have us believe that there are many ways to get to Heaven (if we want to believe there is such a place at all), all ambiguous, and open to our own interpretation. And the world completely sidesteps the issue that there is an alternative.
But we, as Christians, know that is not true. There is one way, and only one way, to get to Heaven. And there is a very real alternative. A very clear line has been drawn in the sand. On one side stand all of the sinners of the world, broken, unworthy and covered by the blood of a Savior that they call their own; while on the other side are all the school teachers, celebrities, philanthropists and good people of the world next to the murderers, rapists and porn kings and anyone who has not accepted Jesus as their Savior.
The harsh reality is that every one of us knows someone who is standing on the other side of that line. And what are we doing about it? For most of us, the answer is nothing. We simply choose to ignore the God-given fact that there is one way to Heaven, a gruesome alternative and a limited amount of time to choose between them.
The world is full of people who are lost, without Jesus. And we can spend our lives going on mission trips, donating money and adopting orphans in third world countries, but we ignore the reality that sometimes the people that we love and care about most will spend eternity in Hell if we don’t reach out to them.
Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone who “deserved” to go to Heaven by the world’s standards could get in? Maybe for them. But for us, we know that it is so much better that we don’t have to deserve to go to Heaven. We don’t have to be good enough. In fact, there is nothing that we can do to get ourselves into Heaven. Jesus already did the work. All we have to do is believe.
I have not known that many people who I truly loved and knew well that have died, but among them, two names come to mind – one that I am only partially confident is waiting for me in Heaven, and one that I would be shocked to find beyond the pearly gates. Both grieve my heart incessantly. I have spent many tears and hours grieving, not the loss of their bodies, but the possible loss of their souls.
So, if you know someone that is not saved, talk to them today. No matter how uncomfortable it may be for you to broach the subject, remember what is at stake. Hell is real. And even those people who we love the most are not immune unless they accept Jesus.