What are some thought-provoking questions to spark your life today? Which ones would you suggest?
What Happens One Second After Death?
This is a good question when sharing the gospel because I have heard many respond by saying, “We go back into the earth,” “We are recycled back into nature,” “We are reincarnated into something else,” or “We go into a better place.” The fact is, we all have an appointment with death and then the judgment (Heb 9:27). I would rather someone trust in Christ and not be judged outside of the faith today than be judged when it is too late (Rev 20:12-15). For those who die in the faith, the next second they are with the Lord, and Paul was completely confident about this (2 Cor 5:8). For the unbeliever, they can have no confidence, but only doubts, fears, and questions. For the believer, we have peace with God (Rom 5:1) and no condemnation (Rom 8:1), so we need not fear death.
What Will We Be Ruling in the Kingdom?
Have you ever pondered what it is that we’ll do in the kingdom? For those who have used their talents, specifically those who multiply their ten talents, Jesus said, “Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities” (Luke 19:17). Does this mean that those who use and multiply what God has given them will rule ten literal cities? I can’t tell you specifically, but there is nothing in Scripture that says we won’t. In fact, the Bible says that we will rule with Christ (2 Tim 2:12), being co-heirs with Christ (Rom 8:17), and will sit with, but under, Christ’s throne (Rev 3:21) as kings and priests (Rev 1:6).
What Is This Place Jesus Is Preparing for Us?
When Jesus was about to go to the cross and then back to heaven to be with the Father, he said that He would go and prepare a place for the disciples and would come again to take them where He is (John 14:2-3). This “mansion” is in the Father’s house and has many rooms, meaning that there are many places for us to be in the kingdom. Some Bible scholars believe these “rooms” or “mansions” are positions in the kingdom with particular jobs, but I can’t be more specific without more scriptural support.
Will Christ Return Today?
When I go to bed, sometimes first thing in the morning I think, “Will Christ come tonight while I sleep,” because it says He’ll come as a thief does, in the middle of the night (1 Thess. 5:2), meaning when no one is expecting Him, or perhaps He’ll come today, as He says, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Rev. 22:12). Do you ask yourself that once in a while? Do you wonder, “Will Christ come back today?” That’s a great way to live every day, expecting the King of kings to return at any given moment.
What Does God Want Me To Do Today?
I ask for divine appointments, and although I don’t ask for this every day, I should. Have you ever asked God, “God, what would you have me to do today?” It’s a great question. We know that we were made to glorify God and to share the gospel, so ask God, “God, what can I do today to glorify Your name, and to whom would you have me witness?” One thing I love to do is to “pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matt 9:38). Why? Because “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Luke 10:2).
What question would you suggest be asked to spark thoughts about your life? Would it be the same as these, or would they be different? Share them with us if you would in the comments section below.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman[ssba]
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