Have You Invested in Heaven?

23 Minutes in Hell

Most of us invest in our future. We plan, save and strategize for our retirement years. Yet not many people consider investing in their eternity. The retirement years are few, but eternity is a long time. It would be prudent to have an eternal perspective and invest into our life beyond this temporal existence.

The most important investment we can make into heaven is to bring people with us. We can take nothing with us when we die—except for other people. Again, Jesus stated that if a man has one hundred sheep, and one goes astray, he will go after the one and rejoice much when the one is found (Matt. 18:12). Jesus went on to explain in Matthew 18:14: “Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.” He was showing the importance of one person that is saved, how precious that one person is to God. Jesus said,“There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents” (Luke 15:10). And Proverbs 11:30 states: “He that winneth souls is wise.”

It takes effort to share the gospel with others. However, God wants us to have His perspective and try to influence as many people as possible for the kingdom. One of the ways to be a good witness for Jesus is to be aware of how we perform our jobs.

Jesus said, ‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven’ (Matt. 5:16). If you want to be a witness to your boss, put in extra effort every day and the opportunity will arise. Your boss will then respect your witness.

It is unfortunate that many times it takes a tragedy, severe illness or catastrophic event to have a conversation with someone about God and the afterlife. I suppose many people think that any discussion about God will cramp their lifestyles, so the conversation is put off until they are faced with something serious.

Usually people will make some preparations for death such as setting up a will or a trust fund. We carefully consider our final plans, visit with our families and say all the things we need to say to our loved ones. If a person does not know Jesus, there is usually an overwhelming fear that comes over them, as I have observed so many times in visiting them in the hospital.  This fear places them in a position to listen and be open to the truth (Job 33:15–22; Jude 23).  That is the only time some are willing to talk about and listen to the way to heaven. If one is already a Christian we have peace with God in our hearts because we are trusting in Him. We have the full assurance of our salvation and our eternal destiny (Isa. 51:6; Acts 17:31; Heb. 5:9; 1 John 2:25).

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By Bill Wiese, author of
23 Minutes in Hell