Recently we have heard of the massacre in Norway, the death of a popular singer and the ongoing conflict in the middle east and the famine in the horn of Africa. These calamities have taking the lives of men, women and children. It is increasingly sorrowful and painful and as I contemplate the many lives lost I am filled with sadness and a great weight of sorrow. I dread to think of how many of these souls having passed into eternity are now in the burning fires of hell because of their great sins which they have committed against a holy God. It is not natural for the mind to ponder such afflictions but gripped by the reality of Christ crucifixion and resurrection I cannot help but be satisfied with hell’s reality.
It is a horrible existence to endure and one cannot comprehend the misery and dread of having to spend an eternity of which there is no escape. We must not delude ourselves that many who have passed from this life without Christ are at peace and thus this should raise our affections and earnestness in seeking to pray and reach out to our fellow friends, families and neighbours to trust in Christ before their certain departure from this world.
Paul knowing that everyone must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, knowing the fear of the Lord sought with all of his energy to persuade men to flee from the wrath to come for he knew that hell was an awful place and heaven in comparison is a bliss and comfort. Paul was under no delusion and therefore his life was soaked in the gospel seeking to reconcile men back to God.
As a Christian am I living my life in a way that aims to prevent as many souls from entering hell or am I in apathy of hell’s reality? It is a sin to see the church loose ground on such a stone that unless we stand upon its reality we shall be no more earnest in our duties. I am not advocating of scaring souls into heaven but I am advocating that we live our lives with the awful reality of hell so that our endeavours are spent towards seeing men come to Christ. The kingdom of Christ is of infinite joy and satisfaction and I pray that more souls may be won into his kingdom so as to see another soul not perish in hell.