If death somehow gave us truths we didn’t have or didn’t believe while living what would we do with it? Most, would probably want to come back to life to tell those they love and others what they now know. One thing is for sure, when a person dies, they know in an instant there is a God, and there is judgement for how they lived and best, or worst of all, that there is indeed a heaven, and a hell.
Jesus told a true story about such a request from a dead man:
“There once was a rich man, expensively dressed in the latest fashions, wasting his days in conspicuous consumption. A poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, had been dumped on his doorstep. All he lived for was to get a meal from scraps off the rich man’s table. His best friends were the dogs who came and licked his sores.
“Then he died, this poor man, and was taken up by the angels to the lap of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell and in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham in the distance and Lazarus in his lap. He called out, ‘Father Abraham, mercy! Have mercy! Send Lazarus to dip his finger in water to cool my tongue. I’m in agony in this fire.’
“But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you got the good things and Lazarus the bad things. It’s not like that here. Here he’s consoled and you’re tormented. Besides, in all these matters there is a huge chasm set between us so that no one can go from us to you even if he wanted to, nor can anyone cross over from you to us.’
“The rich man said, ‘Then let me ask you, Father: Send him to the house of my father where I have five brothers, so he can tell them the score and warn them so they won’t end up here in this place of torment.’
“Abraham answered, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets to tell them the score. Let them listen to them.’
“‘I know, Father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but they’re not listening. If someone came back to them from the dead, they would change their ways.’
“Abraham replied, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, they’re not going to be convinced by someone who rises from the dead.’” Luke 16:19-31 (MSG)
Jesus told the people straight up, believe me, believe the Word of God (Bible), believe the many ministers, evangelist, missionaries, family members, friends, co-workers, and yes, bloggers that I have sent to tell you the Good News of the Gospel while you are living. That is; accept Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins, wrong doing. After you die, and see these truths for yourself, it will be too late for you to choose God. You say, it’s too hard to believe in something, or someone you can’t see, yet you believe in gravity, and the wind! It takes faith, and God gave everyone a measure of faith to get you started. Please act on it. Don’t live, or should I say die, to regret your decision.
One last thing; “Thank you,” to everyone who reads this blog regularly, or once in a while. Each post starts with prayer, asking God what He wants to say to you. I do my best to transmit his words to your hearts. I pray for you as I write, “Words, inspiring you to grow in God”.
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4 thoughts on “If the Dead Could Speak, Would You Listen?”
Great job Mark. Well said.
Thanks Jeff, but Jesus did most of the heavy lifting this week. (haha)
Thanks for praying for your readers, Mark. We won’t know this side of heaven how many people were helped through our words, but I am confident that God is using our words to make believers out of unbelievers, and to comfort, reassure, encourage, strengthen, heal, enlighten, teach, correct, rebuke, warn, challenge, and inspire. We need to be aware of the power of our words, and to use them accordingly.
Thanks, Annie for speaking the truth, and the encouraging words. I love that God has given me the opportunity to write and share with people around the world, to grow in their relationship with God from whatever point they are at. A friend of mine once said, “I don’t have a relationship with God.” I replied, “Sure ya do. It’s just not a good one yet.”
You are correct, when you say, “We may never know this side of heaven…”, but it is humbling when we do hear from a reader.
I enjoyed reading your post today. I sense in you a kindred spirit.