When the mask of self-righteousness has been torn from us and we stand stripped of all our accustomed defenses, we are candidates for God’s generous grace. — Erwin W. Lutzer
I like asking questions. It's a great way to make people come to conclusions on their own, or, at least, lead them in the direction of truth. I once asked a young woman at a mall the following questions:
“Is heaven a perfect place?” “Yes, absolutely!” she said.
“Do you think you will go there?” “I think I have a pretty good shot. I’ve tried my hardest,” she answered.
“Have you lived a perfect life?” “Well, of course not. Who has? But I’m better than most people I know.”
“Well,” I continued, “if heaven is a perfect place and you have not lived a perfect life, what makes you think you can go there without wrecking it?”
(Long pause followed by nervous laughter.)
We need to be willing to ask these hard questions of those around us and of ourselves. Are we telling the truth to those around us? Paul really desired we would.
...no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. (Ephesians 4:14-15)
Particularly with eternally important issues like heaven and hell, we need to let the Word be our standard and the love of the Spirit be our guide. We have to believe... that our good works have zero chance of getting us to heaven... that hell is a real place... that Jesus is far too valuable to pass by... that the decision to choose Him is urgent... and that the reward for choosing Him is indescribable!
My Jesus, give me a sincere heart for those who are bound for a Godless eternity. Use me to destroy myths and share You with everyone You place in my path. Amen.
Listen to Pete, Jill & Stuart Briscoe on the Telling the Truth broadcast at OnePlace.com