It is a lovely thing to watch. A man who has always enjoyed talking with people, loves talking with people even more today.
Before, he would chat and shoot the breeze with you, plan a time to have breakfast together, and move on.
Today, he will chat and shoot the breeze with you, plan a time to have breakfast together and tell you something else that he has always wanted to tell you. But he never did because he was waiting for something. Maybe the right time, a receptive ear, a comfortable feeling, just something.
But now he talks boldly and in kindness. I want others to hear what he is saying to you…
“Yes, I have cancer. But the situation is all in God’s hands. I don’t know His plan for me, but He does and I know He is good. But, what about you? If you were to die today, do you know where you would spend eternity?”
And some of you do, all praise and thanks to God.
Some of you say that you hope you’ll be good enough to go to heaven. Some of you even believe he is good enough to go to heaven. You say things like “You’re so good that you’ll be there.” And he says to you, “No one is good enough.” You see, he is not going to heaven because he is so good. He does a lot of good things and he has helped many people and shown “goodness.” But that is not why he is going to heaven.
And he does not want anyone left with the misconception that he is going to heaven because he’s good enough.
My husband is going to heaven because he trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior…to save him from an eternity without God. There is only One good enough to make a way for us to get to Heaven to be with God. Jesus is the only One. He took all our sins, our total badness and paid the price the required price on our behalf. (I know on the inside you feel it, that badness, unworthiness, dirtiness – that’s sin.) But Jesus didn’t stay on the cross or in the grave; He rose from the grave to live again! He rose to prove that He has the ultimate victory over death! Jesus conquered sin and death. And He did it for you. He did it for me. He is the essence of goodness. And it was all because of love.
He will urge you to ask questions. He will encourage you to make a decision about what you’re going to do with Jesus. Will you deceive yourself that you are good enough, or will you believe that Jesus is all goodness and all love and take His gift of eternal life?
He will also say to you, “Remember this conversation. I want you to think about it and remember it. When you look back to this moment from the other side of death, I don’t want you to regret this conversation.”
To you, reader, I say “Remember this posting. Here you see the truth about how to spend all eternity with Jesus. Ponder this posting. Ask your questions. Make sure you think it through and decide what you’re going to do with Jesus. When you look back to this moment from the other side of death, I don’t want you to regret your decision. I want you to have life.”