Can you picture it…
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Encourage each other with these words. (I Thessalonians 4:16-18)
As we toured the Colonial Park Cemetery in Savannah, GA a few years back I could not help but recall those powerful words as I snapped this picture. A family buried together to one day rise as one to meet their Savior.
That is if they knew Him in this life.
Did each member of this family know and serve Him? Or, did they enter eternity lost to sin and death?
It’s one of the most heart-wrenching questions of eternity.
Will our families be there together?
Do you have family who do not know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior? We all do, if we’re honest about it. The question becomes, what can we do about it?
* Christmas and Easter are the two times each year that most non-believers will attend church out of tradition. Right now, most of them are buying new dresses and shirts for the big day maybe not even knowing what church they will attend. In the days leading up to Easter Sunday (April 20, 2014), now is the perfect time to invite family and friends.
* Begin praying for Holy Spirit conviction upon your lost loved ones’ hearts, that they will recognize their sin and turn to Jesus Christ.
* If loved ones live out of town / state, pray for the Lord to place Christians in their path who will invite them to church.
* We all know that “getting saved” does not have to occur inside the walls of a church on just Easter Sunday. You can share the Gospel and lead them to Christ yourself.
* Don’t give up! Leave all results to the Lord. Allow Him to work in and woo the hearts of your loved ones. Do what you know you are to do and leave the rest to Him.
One day, when that trumpet sounds, may we all rise together.