By Dale Jenkins
A young lady had been home visiting
the folks was heading back home. The weather was a little
rough and it began to hail. She had never driven in hail
that hard and called her husband on the cell phone to find
out what to do. Now, you already know the circumstances, so
it won’t be as shocking to you as it was to her husband when
he answered the phone and his wife said from the other end:
“I’m in hail, what should I do?” (Remember, you can’t hear
spelling over a phone line.) I wonder what his reaction was.
Here are some possibilities: “Well, it’s a surprisingly good
connection.” “Is this a collect call?” “Who’s holding the
phone?” “I suppose you’re calling on the red line.”
Now, surely you know I’m only
joking. And I know hell is nothing to joke about.
The only real appropriate answer would
be: “Nothing, it’s too late now.” No bargaining with the
devil-no pleading with God-when you are in hell the time has
passed to do anything about it. (Hebrews 9:27, Matthew
7:22-23). There will be no unrepentant people in hell, no
atheists or agnostics or people who plan on doing something
about their lives. (Philippians 2:10-11). No, the moment
they enter there, they will all be repentant and
believers-it’ll just be too late. (Luke 16:24-31).
The only good news is that if you
are reading this, there is still something you can do about
it. As long as there is life, there is hope. You can escape
hell, but you must do it now, while life lasts. (Romans
Believe. Have faith in the one
called Jesus. That He is the very Son of God. The kind of
faith that led Abraham to look for a city, (Hebrews 11:10)
the kind of faith that made Peter step onto the water
instead of into the water (Matthew 14:29), the kind of faith
that will cause you to obey Him (Acts 6:7, John 14:15).
Repent. It is sin that will send a soul to “eternal
destruction”. (Romans 6:23). It is sin that separates man
from God. So we must renounce our sinful lifestyles. (Acts
2:38). We must be sorry enough about our sins to determine
to try to not commit sin. (Romans 6:12).
Confess. This one seems simple
enough in our society. But it requires that one live by the
confession. If Christ be Lord, then all of our lives must be
given over to His Lordship. (Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:37).
And then you can become one with
Christ in the act of baptism. The action in obedience
through faith puts one in contact with the blood of Christ.
(Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:38, Romans 6:1-6,
Colossians 2:12, 1 Peter 2:21).
I don’t care how strong your signal
is there will be no cell phones in hell. So you better take
care of this now.
- via The Encourager,
the weekly bulletin for the Calvert City Church of Christ,
Calvert City, KY. Lance Cordle preaches for the
congregation. He may be contacted through the
congregation's website: http://www.calvertchurchofchrist.com