10/16/15 Martin 27
No one is guaranteed another day in life, so if you died today, do you know if you would be in heaven? For some this might seem like a worn out question from Christian evangelism of a generation or two ago, but isn’t it timeless? I believe it is, but this question assumes some things that more and more people in our generation do not assume as part of their world view, either because they have rejected their Judeo-Christian roots, or because they are part of a growing number of internationals who had no such Judeo-Christian roots to begin with. It assumes there is such a thing as life after death, that there is such a place as heaven, that there is judgment and the possibility that we may not end up there, and it assumes that there is a God who has revealed these truths to man.
Many people are not at a place where this question is relevant to them, because they don’t have these assumptions to build a foundation on. We must help build that foundation. But for one distracted young man named Martin today, that question caught his attention. He had seemed to be in a hurry, but this question made him take pause. He hadn’t really considered it before, and when our conversation went on to other things he soon brought it back, saying “About that question you asked, about how I would do before God’s judgment throne, I really don’t know.” He really wanted to talk about it and had a lot of questions.
In Hebrews it is written “…people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment”. How will we be judged, and when we are judged will we be with or without Jesus? It’s a timeless question that deserves to be asked, but because of the different world views of our listeners, it deserves to be asked at the right time.