Published August 19, 2014
"What Matters And What Doesn't"
"He was funny. He made me laugh. I know he's in heaven."
I was surprised by the remark. I was confused by the remark. Was there a connection between the first two sentences and the third?
They were referring to the recent death of Robin Williams. Now, I am not here to discuss whether or not he is in heaven. I am not here to discuss whether or not he lived a good life. His relationship with God is not for me to determine, and there have been conflicting accounts in the media about that anyway. But I do know that the time that any one of us could have made a difference in Robin's life was before he died. His relationship with the Lord was final when he breathed his last breath. The same is true for you and me when we breathe our last breath. After that final breath, no one can impact where our eternity will be spent.
I do know that my going to heaven is dependent upon whether I have accepted Jesus as Savior and whether His blood has been applied to my sins. The same is true for you.
If I think someone was funny and made me laugh, it doesn't mean they are going to heaven. If I think someone was nasty and made me cry, it doesn't mean they are going to hell.
Just because "she was beautiful" doesn't mean she is going to heaven. "He didn't have much in the looks department" doesn't mean he is going to hell.
"They were successful in everything they tried" doesn't ensure heaven. "They just couldn't seem to succeed" doesn't ensure hell.
"They were the most generous people I have ever known." It doesn't mean they are bound for heaven. Nor does being stingy with their resources mean they are bound for hell.
We tend to look at earthly "positives" and translate them to mean Godly. But, the only thing that makes a person Godly is their relationship with God. There is only one way to that relationship and that is through Jesus Christ.
When we die, it is final. We are not guaranteed tomorrow or even the next hour. What is your relationship to God?
"You made me laugh" isn't going to matter in eternity. "You were a good person" doesn't work for your salvation. You can never be good enough. In fact, that is why Jesus died for you and for me.
I've made my decision. I've sealed my relationship with God through Jesus. Have you? Now is the hour of decision before people start to eulogize you.
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