About a month ago I went out to light the grill. I lifted the metal grate, fumbling with the child proof lighter as the gas built up in the grill. Just as I got the lighter to spark, a ball of fire flamed up singeing the hair on my arms along with my eyebrows, eyelashes, and portions of my fingers! It happened so fast and the initial shock made the pain minimal, not to mention the frustration at child proof lighters. Then the pain only to gradually grow. I tried to use water, oils like lavender, and ice to lessen the pain without much success. Thankfully, I was not seriously hurt and I healed quickly.
Even though my injuries were not serious – the whole experience caused me to think of what it would be like in Hell. Do we ever consider what it will be like for those who do not know Christ? Most of us who are in Christ believe in Hell, but do we ever really think about what it may be like? Jesus talked about it – so why don’t we?
Matthew 25:41 we see Jesus say, “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” And in Revelation 20:15 we read this, “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” Also in Mark 9:43 Jesus says, “And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.”
Eternal fire. Lake of fire. Unquenchable fire.
Hell will be completely devoid of the goodness of God. It is a reality, not something to be taken lightly by anyone. So as Christians, what should this understanding compel us to do? What should it do to us when we look at those around us – those we love – and understand the reality of Hell? It should break our hearts and compel us to share the gospel more and more. It should cause us to be involved in taking the gospel to the nations where many have never heard the gospel or the name of Jesus.
So what are we waiting for?