HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
Years ago, a small country church was looking for a new pastor.
After some significant searching, they managed to pare down the list to two possible candidates. Each of these men was requested to present an “audition” sermon to the congregation. That’s how it came to pass that on two consecutive Sundays, the potential pastors found themselves preaching to a most attentive audience.
The first pastor preached on hell. The second pastor preached on hell, as well.
When it came time for the congregation to make its selection, the vote for the first pastor was a unanimous, first-ballot decision.
After he was installed, the new pastor found out that both of the nominees had used hell as their topic. Understandably curious, he asked one of the congregation’s leaders why the church had picked him. The leader didn’t have to think long before he gave his answer. He said, “When the other pastor preached on people going to hell, he seemed to be almost satisfied that they were getting what they deserved. When you preached about folks going to hell, everybody saw that it just about broke your heart.”
Today, I’m speaking about hell. What I want to say is I don’t want you to go there. Neither do any of your Christian friends. Preaching about hell is as important as preaching about heaven. No one wants to go to hell but all want to go to heaven. Therefore, we have to tell you why no and how to escape the wrath of the hands of God. The pains of hell are real and it breaks the heart of many good preachers to say the real facts to the congregation. However, there is joy in ministering the bliss of heaven and sharing the promises left us by our Lord Jesus Christ.
Most importantly, neither does the Lord wants anyone to perish and go to hell, but it is your choice that will take you there or allow you to escape the hands of God’s wrath.
If this devotion has been sent to you by a friend or a family member, please don’t disregard it. Don’t get angry or upset. Where you spend eternity is something they’re worried about, and it took considerable courage for them to run the risk of upsetting you. I am reaching out to you — like that pastor — with a heart that is breaking.
Now I know that nobody likes to hear about hell. It is a distasteful place. So, I am here to encourage you this day that there is a better place instore for all those that will accept the Lord as their Saviour today. I am not asking you to do it because you are in a pandemic of the Coronavirus outbreak. (COVID-19) I am encouraging you to make your calling and election sure. Time is running out and the choice we make today can determine our final destiny.
But it is also a real place, and it is a place where you don’t have to go. Amen
To keep you out of hell and headed toward heaven is why Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was born into this world. So that you might be forgiven He lived a perfect life and resisted all the temptations that were so perfectly placed before Him. So eternal death would not be your fate, Jesus allowed Himself to be arrested, unfairly tried, and nailed to a cross where He gave up His life in exchange for yours.
The fact that He succeeded in His work was shown when, three days later, He rose from the dead. Hallelujah, and as we approach that day when He triumphantly broke asunder from the sealed grave, I am reminded that no grave can hold the body down. That moment was for you and me to prove to that world that God is in charge.
Now, when people are called to faith by the Lord, they know the angels in heaven are rejoicing for this wonderful event God has brought about, and there is a gladness down here because you have listened to God’s call.
Let us PRAY: Dear Lord, Father of all and God of the Universe grant that I may share Your Son’s Good News through this media that men and women will hear the story and with those around me who are lost. May they, having heard, be touched with the news that the crucified and risen Saviour has rescued them. May the influence of this Coronavirus pandemic be a wake-up call to bring men and women to Your saving grace In Jesus’ Name, I pray it. Amen.