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There’s Going to be Hell to Pay… Literally!

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Published on: December 24, 2016

I once wrote an article many years ago called “Was it Worth It?”  In this article, I wrote about a thought I had several years ago while on tour speaking to high school assemblies. On the road, we stopped to eat at a restaurant and on the walls were pictures of famous people such as a Marilyn Monroe etc. With all their fame, money and everything they had here on earth, the basic thought came to me “Was it worth it?” to where they are now spending eternity.

We can look at famous celebrities, rock stars, Hollywood actors and actresses, who have everything (We think) in the world and say to ourselves, “Wow, that must be the life,” but when it comes right down to it, what do they have?  Nothing. What are they going to take with them when they die? Nothing. No awards, no Grammys, no Emmys, no Oscars, no money, no fame… nothing. They came from the dust and so they will return to dust (Ecclesiastes 3:20), and when they perish they will stand before God and have to give an account of every thought, every word and every action they did here on this earth.  Hebrews 9:27 says, “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the Judgment.”  At that point, the only thing that will matter is did they repent of their sins and know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

All the money in the world will not buy them a spot in Heaven. All the fame and riches that they now have will account for nothing on the Day of Judgment if they do not have Christ and are not living for Him. Even many of the celebrities and those you may think have it all admit that they are miserable. Read just a few of these quotes.

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”   – Jim Carey

When Elvis Presley was asked if he was happy with all of his riches and fame he said,  “No, I’m as lonely as h*ll.”

Madonna said, “I am a very tormented person. I have a lot of demons I am wrestling with, but I want to be happy.”

Kurt Cobain, before he died, spoke of the great empty hole he felt had opened inside, turning him into a “miserable, self-destructive death rocker.”

Eddie Murphy said, “I feel a void inside.  There’s something missing.”

So that begs me to ask the question, what is really important in life? What really matters? I can tell you, it’s your eternity and where you and others will spend it.  It’s the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the power of God unto Salvation to all those who believe (Romans 1:16).  Don’t live a life coveting and wishing you had what others have. When you stop and think about it, our life here on this earth is just a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of eternity. The Bible says in James 4:14 that life is but a vapor.

For those who have died in their sins and have already met their fate, never again to be undone, I wonder what they would tell you if they could come back for one brief second.  Do you think they would tell you that a life of sin was worth the price they are paying for it today?  Hell is a very real place.

And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the Heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” -Revelation 20:11-15

Remember, Hell is the consequence of unrepented sin, but our fear should be of God. Matthew 10:28 says, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”  Always remember, our motive for coming to Christ should be one of love because we see how great a sacrifice Jesus paid for our sins on the cross, not because we are only afraid of going to Hell.

So what in your life is worth your eternity?  As you read this today, you have two choices… life or death. Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “ I call Heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”  What choice will you make?  I pray you choose life, in Jesus’ name.

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