“I’m not sure if deathbed confessions of faith are real,” she informed me.
Like so many, my friend had the wrong view of Christianity. She viewed it as a chore, a list of don’ts, a stumbling block to her fun. If this is your view of Christianity, then yes, it doesn’t seem fair that after you have denied yourself for years, made sacrifices, that some joker could wait until the last minute after living a life of partying, make a confession before he dies, and end up in heaven.
Here is the thing. If your Christian life is all about what you can’t do, you are doing this Christian life wrong. If your primary benefit of Christianity is heaven, you are not enjoying the fullness.
Christianity is not about what I can’t do, it’s about what I can do. It’s about what has been given freely to me. I have joy, peace, hope. I can change atmospheres for the good. I can lay hands on the sick and see them recover. I can fellowship with the Father. I can love the unlovable. I can forgive freely as I have been forgiven. I have wisdom. I have the spirits of power, love and a sound mind. I have a promise that all things are working together for my good.
This what Christianity looks like for the living. And while, yes deathbed confessions are very real because of God’s grace, they are in no way to be envied by the saints. That person wasted their whole life and never experienced the fullness in this side of heaven.
Friends, enjoy the goodness of the Lord, here, in the land of the living! Get excited about this great adventure and let’s go and change the world!
“Take your money and go. I wanted to pay this last worker the same as you. Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?’”
Matthew 20:14-15 NLT