Planting seeds is the beginning of harvest. That's what we tried to do at our anniversary party. . . plant seeds. Some probably thought it inappropriate, but with so many dear ones gathered together, God nudged us to share the Gospel message with them. We so want our friends and relatives to be with us in eternity, but some have rejected Jesus and chosen their own beliefs. I just pray as death nears their doors, they will think twice about what we said.
Some people seem so proud of their way of thinking and seeing us as 'behind the times'. They say the Bible is just an ancient book, not the relevant living Word of God. They have never met the Savior face to face. They have never heard the Holy Spirit say "I love you". They've never felt Father God's arms of love encircle them. So they reject our Savior calling Him 'a good man', but not as savior, because they don't believe in sin. Yeah, there is no right and wrong, you see. How does one open eyes of a loved one? It hurts to know where their eternity will be if the truth is continually cast out by their pride.
Hell is real. There is pain and agony that does not end. Satan hates us because God loves us; so the devil will use any means to seduce us with lies and fabrications to capture us into his eternity. Once there we will remember that we had the chance to be with our loving Father and we rejected it. That's pain indeed. There's the story of Lazarus, a poor man begging for crumbs from the table of a rich man. . .
Luke 16:19-31 (NIV)
“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
Lord, I ask You to give me an answer. I will talk with my friends again. Give me Words to speak to them while there is yet time; prepare their hearts to hear truth. Lord, please save my friends!