We are in the middle of a series entitled Take the Stand, looking at how our lives affect others view of salvation. If you believe in heaven and hell (and I do), then people’s eternity should matter. Growing up, I was always taught one perspective about hell – it’s a lake of fire where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. It’s a horrible place. But, this morning, I was reflecting in Luke and was reminded of something that James Montgomery Boice wrote. I’ll paraphrase.

The worst part about hell may not be the burning sulphur or lake of fire. The worst part of hell will be the realization that you are eternally separated from the one true living God.

Imagine if your family never has the chance to experience the one true, living God. Imagine your friends (like the rich man in Luke 16), desiring to have a touch from someone in heaven to quench their thirst. I was reminded of the finality of the situation again this morning, and it again renewed my burden. Listen to the words of Luke 16:26 –

And besides all of this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, not can anyone cross over from there to us.

Who are you investing in and inviting to church this year at a time when most people are open to consider it?

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