For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
When I was a sophomore in high school, I was invited by a senior boy I had a crush on to a Young Life club. What started out as a way to see “the boy” more—ended up changing my life. After the crazy games and fun mixers slowed down, things got a little calmer and quieter as we sat down on the floor to hear someone speak.
If you don’t know what Young Life is, it’s an outreach ministry that focuses on meeting kids where they are— incorporating crazy, fun elements funneling into one purpose—sharing the Good News of Jesus.
I came back time and time again, and as the weeks progressed the “Talks” (preaching portion) began to change. What I didn’t know then, but know now, is the pattern and format was completely on purpose. The talk progression walked through the Gospel—Our Need. Sin. The Cross. Resurrection.
I remember the night of the Sin Talk feeling weighty and heavy and not understanding why the guy was such a buzz-kill. I preferred hearing about the fun stuff—God’s love, His kindness, His grace.
But that night, I remember sitting in the tension of what sin and hell actually meant for me.
For the wages of Sin is Death…
The next week, we piled back in my friend’s living room and heard the rest of the story—The Cross changed everything, and because of Jesus we are saved from our Sin and Hell.
My husband and I went on to work with Young Life for 8 years and got the privilege of seeing lives changed over and over again by the power of the Gospel—souls going from darkness to light from hearing that weighty, not-so-fun-to-talk-about truth… that sin separates us from God, for eternity.
Knowing I had to write on this topic made me think about hell more than I probably ever have. Like really dwell on it and mull over its reality and horror. I opened my Bible to remind myself what the Word says about. The more I studied, the reality rang true—Jesus talked about Hell far more than he did Heaven…
It about brings me to tears as I write, because the reality is, because of Jesus’ love for us, He couldn’t stop talking about what He so desperately wanted to save us from! Because of His compassion, he just couldn’t shut up about it!
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
I wonder if in a lot of ways we need to shift our thinking from speaking of sin and hell as “too harsh,” to quite possibly the most compassionate, loving thing we could ever talk about with our lost friends.
Think about it: Have you sat in the weight of what Jesus has saved you from lately? Whom have you held back from talking about eternity with? Ask the Lord today today to give you the boldness to speak the truth in love to a lost friend, family member, or co-worker about their life in light of eternity.
Prayer: Lord, give me your compassion for my friends. Fill me with your boldness to share The Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are so lost and do not know the truth of their eternal life. Thank you for the Cross and thank you for the people in my life that were brave enough to share the Gospel with me so that I can know where my hope lies.
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