Wednesday, September 21, 2016

"Highway to Hell"

2nd Thessalonians 1.7b, 10 NIV

“This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels…. on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.

This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.”

Have you ever known a thing to be true but your attempt to convey the truth was met with suspicion and skepticism? You made eye contact. They listened politely but were not moved. You rallied your powers of persuasion but the audience remained unconvinced. You stated the facts, told the truth, and expressed conviction. You believed what you said. Why didn’t they?

You did not fail. Not everyone will believe your testimony. Some believe the truth about Jesus. Most will not.

“You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate.
The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide
for the many who choose the easy way.
But the gateway to life is small,
and the road is narrow,
and only a few
ever find
it.”
Jesus, Matthew 7.13-14 NLT

Your role is a witness of truth and nothing more. You simply provide testimony. Those who hear it will form their own opinions which may surprise, delight, or dismay you. Continue to witness to the truth. Persevere in sharing your testimony whenever possible. That’s all that is expected of you.

Join God’s highway construction crew. Post detour signs and flag down motorists. Warn them of the travel hazards ahead. Offer directions for a better route on a smaller road with less traffic. Inspire them to consider a superior destination. Do all you can do to get them off “the highway to hell”. In the end you might find some people in heaven who are there for only one reason... they “believed [your] testimony”. 

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The "Route 666" graphic comes from a sermon series at Jubilee Fellowship Church located in Lone Tree, Colorado (http://main.jfc.org/).

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