One Day Closer to Heaven

Psalms 107:1, 2O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;”

Some of the greatest sports feats; newsworthy events; tragic calamities all become the topic of conversation where people will work or gather. “Did you see…?” or “I can’t believe…” or “That was the greatest…” are lead ins to topics that become idle conversation pieces throughout our day.

But what is sadly missing is the good news that every soul needs to hear – the promise of Heaven to the saved child of God.

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…”

If you and I who are saved do not speak up, who will?

God also tells us:

1 Peter 3:15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Always ready.

I have adopted a response to the question, “How are you today?”

I reply, ‘One day closer to Heaven’ which has garnered some pretty interesting responses in my day.

‘No one can know that…’

‘That’s a morbid thought…’

‘How do you know…?’

All of which can lead into sharing;

1 John 5:13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

I have the opportunity to witness to many of my coworkers just because of that very statement led into a conversation about their eternal destiny.

A good friend has a question he puts to folks;

“Do you know what day it is?”

and his response is;

“This is the day that the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

Again, another opportunity, a positive opportunity to talk to someone about spiritual things.

Truly, there are some things NOT to say;

“You wicked heathen! Turn to God or you’ll burn in Hell!”

Statements like that are so caustic and cringe-worthy it makes you wonder if such a person has ever known the love of God or has ever felt love?

Finding the common experience we all face and using scripture to answer will draw them far better than the ‘turn or burn’ mentality. FACT – We are all going to die. FACT – We all face hardships. FACT – We all struggle with fear, the unknown and the existence of God.

1 Corinthians 10:13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

When God became real to me, I couldn’t help but tell someone. All I was really looking for was someone that wanted to hear. Many are too busy, too committed; too caught up with everything else to be concerned with eternity. But putting the honey out for those who want to hear will draw them – God’s Word says so.

John 12:32And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

We must, as children of Almighty God; as Ambassadors to the King of Kings, find a way to lift Him up to others.

So, when someone asks you how are you today… How will you answer?

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