Yesterday, as I was leaving work to have my teeth cleaned I overheard a conversation between friends One friend was listing and defining his recent court appearances, how his DUI had been reduced to a lesser charge. As I walked away I was congratulating myself on my spotless driving record.
I could almost hear God say to me, “really? That’s what your take away from that conversation? You are being a Pharisee Peter, ‘thank you God that I’m not like that sinner’, but you are, you are all fallen…”
I repented of my pharisaical heart and continued on my way to my appointment. The radio station was tuned to moody radio and a pastor was talking about how wrong it is for us believers not to care about whether or not our coworkers are going to hell.
My coworker, could I know that he was going to hell? Isn’t that being judge-y?
The Bible truth is, we are all going there unless we accept Jesus death as the payment for our sins. I believe this statement is true, harsh but true. If we haven’t heard about God’s gracious offer of salvation through Jesus before we die, we will be eternally separated from God, and spend eternity in hell, which is a place of torment and suffering.
The radio pastor likened not caring enough to warn others to being in a large gathering at church, and knowing that a bomb was going off at 12:15, but not wanting to bum anyone out, so as not to bring anyone down or share bad news, instead of relaying the message that the bomb would go off at 12:15, we just quietly leave at 12:14. There is death coming to everyone. We Christians believe that if a person has not received Jesus as their savior, death will be the entrance to hell. It doesn’t have to be. Death can be the entrance to heaven. All it takes is confession and belief.
When I am privy to a private conversation, not by my own means of spying or eavesdropping, I tend to think that God is giving me a glimpse into a life. This information can be used in many ways. It can used to help or hurt. I can gossip or? Maybe I heard this so that I can know part of their story, so I can know their pain, so I can know how to pray for them, so I can know how to serve them. Hmmm.
John 3:16, “for God so loved the world… “ is often quoted. I would like to add verse 17 too.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
I wonder if this coworker knows about Jesus. How can I be used to help him?