Have you ever imagined how beautiful heaven would be? The angels, the gold plated streets, the melodious voices praising God, God and His Son in their royal majesty? Most times, I sit and just imagine all these and realize how much I must get there, no matter what it takes and the amount of people I would want to take with me.
Have you ever imagined how tormenting hell would be? The everlasting fire, everlasting torment, suffering and the devil reminding the people there of how much they have failed? I think of heaven more, but when the picture of hell comes to mind, it comes as a warning and I just beg God for mercy. I have heard several stories of people ‘dying’ in their sleep and in the process, taken to heaven and hell. The pictures they paint are proof to what has been heard overtime, just that theirs are most times extreme. Whatever stories have been told and heard, heaven is a place we should all strive to make and hell is a place we should never want to make.
Making heaven is not just about obeying the 10 commandments, there’s more to that. If you study the whole Bible, you would realize some things you don’t even count as sins but are actually sins! Yes, God is merciful and He forgives easily. A question I always asked; What if we commit a sin we’re not even aware are sins? Then, I was made to realize that that’s the more reason we should study the Bible daily, and to pray without ceasing, if these are done, the Holy Spirit stays close and directs accordingly.
We are to warn. Who is selfish about making heaven? That would be absurd. Christianity is more about letting others know more God and His kingdom. Ezekiel 3:17-21 as a case study, the verses are actually self-explanatory;
“ 17. Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Isreal: therefore hear the word of my mouth, and give them warning from me. 18. When I say unto the wicked, thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 19. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. 20. Again, when a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 21. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul”.
The word of God is as powerful as it’s important, there’s no part of the Bible that should be set aside. God has made us watchmen, we are to warn the righteous from falling and the sinners from sinning. Just take a look at the verses critically, see where God says He will require the blood from our hands? It means we just have to warn.
Most people have sinners as friends and they don’t care, really. It’s totally wrong. You know they are treading the wrong path, don’t let them be, you’re in their lives for a purpose, be a part of their good. Of course, most times, we are insulted and shunned, which is expected because Christ went through same, and since we strive to be like Christ, we should be ready to face what the same experiences. Moreover, when we warn, we’ve obeyed the God and their blood wouldn’t be required from our hands.
Looking at the 20th verse, something is made clear; it doesn’t matter the good the righteous has done in the past, it doesn’t matter the amount of people he was won to Christ and every other good thing he has done, as long as he sins and God’s anger is kindled upon him, that’s the end. This implies that it doesn’t really matter how well you start, how you end is what really matters. Also, as Christians, the devil keeps trying us daily so we can fall, we have to be steadfast so our righteousness wouldn’t be a total waste.
Warning shouldn’t be done in a mean manner. There are some ways we think we warn but are actually judging them, which is a sin itself. It should be done in love and meekness of heart. No sinner will turn to God if we preach to them in a “judging” tone, they would rather keep sinning than join those who judge others.
Remember, we are to warn. Don’t let God require the blood of others from your hands.