Neither Heaven Nor Hell
“….. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” Acts 2: 46-47
We just finished having some totally sweet fellowship here in my home this afternoon. My place was packed and we had some great participation from all who gathered here. We ate shredded Italian beef, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cheesecake and snickerdoodles. That sure beats a wafer and a thimble full of grape juice any day in my book. We sang original songs to the Lord and were blessed with 3 guitars and 4 guitarists. It was just a very awesome time together!
During our free and open, Spirit led conversation we touched on several topics including God’s unlimited patience with us, the difference between the wide and narrow gates and a bit on heaven and hell. I shared about how heaven and hell have never been a big part of my personal theology. Jesus began speaking to me when I was a child and that was a topic I don’t remember ever coming up much at all. I am not a follower of Jesus because I am afraid of hell or lured by heaven. I follow Him simply because He is True and He loves me. The Lord has used me numerous times to help lead others to Him, but I am happy to report that I have never used the threat of hell as leverage to win a single convert. The promise of heaven is not something I use to coerce others towards the faith either. All I do is speak is speak the truth in love and allow The Spirit to do His work.
I follow Jesus because He is real and He has proven Himself to me over and over again in this life. However, I do tell people of His grace and mercy and of the numerous times He has brought healing to me in many forms. He was with me as a child holding me and comforting me as my earthly father raped and abused me. As an adult He has helped through a maze of emotions these past 15 years dealing with the PTSD and horrific flashbacks caused by the childhood abuse. When I was 24 He literally raised me from my deathbed completely healing me of degenerative kidney disease and having only 6 months to live without a transplant. I know Him because I have experienced Him in a very real and authentic way. My faith has come from hearing Him up close and personal and for this I am extremely thankful.
Please take time to ask yourself a simple question…. Why do I follow Jesus? Spend some time on that and see what you come up with. The answer might just surprise you. Spend some quality time with Him and ask Him ANY questions that you can think of. Have a conversation with Him and just see what happens. I know that some Christians rarely approach Him in this manner, but I have been conversing with Jesus in this simple way for 49 years now and I have NEVER been disappointed with His answers.
Kirk Out !
p.s. Sunday morning I drive South for fellowship with friends and family in TN, GA, and FL and I won’t return home until Feb. 17th. My laptop computer isn’t working right so I will be depending on the kindness of others for any online time while I am gone. I still hope to share blog posts, but it might not work out at times. Please pray for my journey? I hope my car can make the trip without issues. Monday morning I am meeting with a brother in Atlanta who I have clashed with online. His theology differs quite a bit from mine. He emphasises Law and I Grace. Being face to face will be very interesting and perhaps a challenge.