What Then

Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” 
Rev 14:13

I think we were all stunned by the reality of the passing of our dear brother Jerry Jenkins over the past week. Just a few weeks ago he was healthy, and within a short time, he has left from this life. What an honor and privilege it was for me to know Brother Jenkins and to have the opportunity to study God’s word with him many times. I am thankful for the influence of men like brother Jenkins, as well as so many others who have helped me as to grow as a Christian.

My granddad as you know was a major influence in my life, and used to tell the story of a preacher who went to visit a man in the hospital who was sick with only a minor instance. Many people had worked and worked to try to convert this young man, but it seemed almost impossible. The conversation of the preacher and this young man went as follows:

Preacher: “So what will you do when you get out of here?”….. Young man: “Well go home and rest up and get back to work”…… Preacher: “What then?”…. Young Man: “Well I hope to work and one day retire”… Preacher: “What then?” …. Young man: “Well I hope to spend time with my wife and my family, and visit and tour”…. Preacher: “What then?”…. Young Man:” Well I guess I will then get old, and I will eventually die”… Preacher: “What then?”

The thoughts of eternity I am sure ran through this young man’s head at this time, and as I was told the story, the man became a Christian that day. It was said many times by brother Jenkins that “To go to heaven, you must become a Christian like the bible says, Worship God like the bible says, and live your life like the bible says”.  There will be at time for each of us that those who love us will be gathered around after we have passed, God has promised that for each of us there will be a Judgment, and a travel into eternity (Heb 9:27), but this is only the beginning of our new life. The question is, “What Then?” Will those gathered around us be confident that from the life we lived, we are prepared to spend eternity with God? I pray that each of us have thought seriously about the “What then” aspect of our lives and that we will continue to work toward our ultimate goal.. Heaven.

Ande Z