Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Welcome

The Lord welcomes you every day.  He wants you to come into His rest and fill your heart with him.  In Ezekial 36:26-27, he makes the promise above.  He promises to soften your heart and fill you.  What better promise can we have?

On our trip up north, Robert and I ran into family members and friends who had hardened hearts toward God.  His niece, who needs a kidney transplant, says she's not ready yet.  Others took our love of the Lord as a joke.

Do you know someone who is like this?  Have you yourself been waiting "until the right time"?  The right time is now.  What can you say to your friend or family member?  Are you afraid of offending them?  Don't be.  How can they be offended if you help them find their way to heaven?  We will all rejoice there.

The question for my niece is this:  do you know where you will go if the Lord comes back today?  If you die today, do you have assurance of salvation?  Good won't get you into the Kingdom of God.  You can't earn it by being nice to people, donating hour upon hour to the poor, leading a sober, drug-free life and offering the best to your children.  You have to do just ONE thing to get into heaven.  Invite Jesus Christ into your heart, believe that He is the Son of God and died for your sins, rising again to give you eternal life.  I want to see you in heaven. I want us to spend eternity together with the Lord.  It breaks my heart when you say you're not ready yet.  When will you be ready?  The day after?  It doesn't work that way.  Let the Lord soften your heart.  I love you.  Come home to Him.  He will guide you and change your life.  You need Him, and He's waiting for you just as He waited for me. 

Please, don't wait until it's too late. 

2 comments:

cdittric77 said...

I would argue, from a theological standpoint, that your niece has already been saved. Christ has already died on the cross for her sins, and instead of telling her that she needs to be saved, talk to her instead about the parallells between the good work she does and how that is so much like the good works of Christ. She need only accept the fact that Christ has died for her sins and to do her best to walk the same path as Christ to grow in a deeper faith relationship with him.

I would also argue that in the end our actions on earth are not what get us into heaven - it is God's mercy, not being saved. We are all sinners and all will die with sin - and it is God's mercy that will save us, or his anger at our refusals which will condemn us.

Our concept of saved, I believe, is sorely misplaced.

randlprysock said...

Excellent entry!!  A very good way to talk to others about Jesus.  
Lisa