What’s going to happen on the last day
I’m a very good-natured person and I don’t like confronting people. I will rather impair myself than confronting others. But sometimes we need to deal with others and tell them the truth. That may save their lives.
God’s Word sometimes confronts the readers and it does not play around. Especially those who are on the wrong path don’t like the news, but this should not prevent us from regularly reminding them of the truth.
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
It is clear that there are two groups of people here. The one group consists of the people who simply didn’t obey the call to accept Christ as their Saviour. My heart breaks to pieces when I see how people consciously choose against God. How they turn down everything as nonsense and laugh at those of us who believe in the only living God.
It is even worse for me to see the picture of what is going to happen to them when Jesus returns. Their trouble is booked. They are going to suffer. They are going to cry. They are going to hit their fists to pieces against the door of heaven, but it unfortunately will be closed never to be opened. O, how empty is a world where God’s goodness and His great power are absent!
O, what an absolute mess of a place it will be!
But then there is the other group. The group of us (and I sincerely hope that I can include you with us!) who accepted Jesus as our Saviour will stand in awe. Our eyes will shine when we look at Jesus. We will be face to face with our heavenly Brother. With arms stretched out He will invite us in to be with Him in heaven for ever.
Wow, this is a wonderful prospect.
But still my heart aches. The pain goes right through my being for the other group. Those who did not make the choice. I most probably will think I should have tried harder. What other plans could I have made to tell the world openly of God’s invitation?
I do realise that I cannot make a huge impact on the whole world but I should do something here in my own environment. I can spread the message of salvation on the social network. I can send texts and encouragements from my phone to friends. I can share my daily experiences with God with friends, family, colleagues and even strangers. But even more – I can introduce God to others by means of my way of living.
Yes, let’s take hands and start working today to make the other group smaller and our group bigger so that many more can serve Jesus together with us.
To think about
Which group do you belong to?
Who are not there with you?
What can you do now to change it?
Father, thank you that I will be able to look at You in wonder one day. Open my eyes to see those who are not in the same group as me. Give me the courage to share Your message of salvation with them. Amen.