It’s Not My Fault They’re In Hell
Posted: Friday, June 30
2 Kings 17:1-18:12
Verse of the day:
I declare today that I have been faithful. If anyone suffers eternal death, it’s not my fault, for I didn’t shrink from declaring all that God wants you to know. (Acts 20:26-27)
How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior? Was it a Sunday school teacher that told you about Jesus when you were a kid? A grandparent? A co-worker? A neighbor? Aren’t you glad that they shared the Gospel with you? I have been attending Oak Creek Assembly of God since I was a baby. I remember many times as a child being offered the opportunity to accept Jesus as my Lord, and I did so many times! There were moments as a kid that I said the sinner’s prayer because I thought it was the right thing to do. I did it as a teenager because I felt conviction and a need to make it personal. Today I have a genuine relationship with my God because of the people that shared the good news with me.
Is there someone you’ve been sharing the Gospel with? Maybe it’s someone you’ve been trying to tell for years. I remember as a kid in elementary school bringing fliers for the musicals at church. I would invite my friends, and most were polite about it, but one kid was relentlessly a terror. He would take the flier and rip it in half right in front of me. I’ve lost touch with that guy, but I wonder if he’s still as cold to Christ as he was as a 10 year old.
When I think about people like that that I have encountered, I often pray that God would grab ahold of their hearts. It’s sad knowing that someone is willingly entering into eternity without hope. They’ve been offered an opportunity to experience salvation and be free from Hell, but for whatever reasons decide that they don’t want it. Can you confidently say that you’ve shared this hope with all of the people in your life? Paul’s declaration in Acts 20 is both encouraging and challenging. On one hand, there’s only so much we can do to show people the saving grace of Jesus. The rest is up to the Holy Spirit and the condition of their heart. But for those we have never told, the responsibility falls on us. Can you confidently say today, as Paul did, that if anyone goes unto eternal death that it’s not your fault because you have given it your all in sharing the good news? Ask the Holy Spirit today for His help and guidance to tell people what God wants to do for them. This saving power of God is too good to be kept a secret!