Published February 10, 2015

Shelia Shares....
"No Joking Matter"

Recently on a phone call with a customer, he surprised me with the news that he has a terminal disease. It sounds a lot like cancer, but it is actually not cancer. It is treated by chemotherapy. The mortality rate is high and life expectancy is very short.

How would you respond to such facts?

As I told him how sorry I was to hear this diagnosis, he responded with an attempt at humor. He said, "Heaven won't have me. Hell doesn't want me since they know I'll try to take over."

"Don't even say that," I replied.

He assured me, "Oh, I'm just joking."

I then assured him that I knew he was joking. But I followed that up with, "The most important thing is to know where we are going when our time on this earth is done. There is nothing more important."

He took the conversation from there and it moved away from his future.

What more might you have said? What further should I have done? How do you followup in a conversation like that?

Please pray for this customer. It is no joke to leave this world without knowing that heaven is your eternal home. Heaven will have anyone who accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior. It's simply a matter of asking forgiveness of all your sins and accepting the cleansing blood that Jesus shed on the cross.

In Romans 10, verses 9-10, the Bible promises, "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

John 14, 1-3, talks about heaven belonging to anyone who has received forgiveness: "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."

What a blessed promise!

- Shelia

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