“Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15
What do you do when you have the opportunity to share the gospel with someone far from Christ? Do you boldly step up and into the situation, sharing the good news that God has forgiven you of your sins through the death of Jesus on the cross? Do you share that this will enable them to live an eternal life in Christ? Or do you justify your inaction? Do you excuse your hesitancy? Do you convince yourself that the “time isn’t right” and that you’ll do it next time you have the opportunity?
Most of us have lost our sense of urgency about Jesus’ second coming. We act like there is plenty of time to get ourselves right before Jesus comes again and because of that, we feel no sense of urgency to share the gospel and point others to new life in Christ.
At the end of time we will all be called to account for our actions on earth. Some of us will have our sins and mistakes covered over by Jesus’ atoning and cleansing blood; forgiven now and forever for our sins. But others without this belief in the saving nature of Jesus will find themselves cast into the lake of fire referred to in Revelation 20:15, “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
No one deserves Heaven and eternal life with Christ; it’s a priceless gift offered to all who believe in Him. We all deserve eternal separation from God because of the sin we have committed and the wrong choices we have made against God’s commandments. Yet, just because that is what we deserve, it doesn’t mean that we can’t find freedom. No one is destined to a life of hell and separation from God, that choice is theirs to make. Let’s be people who take seriously the fact that the only hope for those who are lost is Christ. Let’s be disciples who lead the lost home to Christ.