Currently, I am working on the most difficult case I have ever encountered. I have had difficult cases, maybe the material was dense, making the analysis tedious, or it was voluminous with thousands and thousands of pages, but this one is different.
Yes, some of the material is dense, making the analysis tedious. Yes, it is rather voluminous at 3,000 pages.
But it’s the content that makes it so difficult.
It contains stories and firsthand accounts of the events in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Most of these are published stories, many I have heard, but seeing them all here, in one place, just hits me hard sometimes.
I am having such a difficult time getting through it. I keep stopping and just looking out my office window, reflecting on the innocent lives that were ended, the numerous lives that were altered – including mine even though I knew no one in the towers that day.
It is a stark reminder that we have no shortage of people who, whether purposefully or by just not caring, will destroy us, take our lives.
So, that leaves me with an incredible burden. Where do these people go? If someone made a decision today that resulted in the termination of your life, where would you wake up? Would you be in the arms of Jesus? Or the fiery pits of hell?
Do you know for absolute certain?
In John 3:1-15, Jesus told Nicodemus that in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven he would have to be born again, born of water and of the Spirit.
In Acts 2:38, Peter said that we must repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of our sins and that we will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. I have done this. I have received the Holy Spirit. But there are people who stop there.
Jesus also said in John 3:36, “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
When I was first baptized, after I received the Holy Spirit, I was left with an odd feeling of, OK, now what? I felt like this was the end of the beginning, so to speak, but that there was much, much more. Unfortunately, I was not in a church at the time that had much depth in that area. I hope they have grown since then.
So I was left on my own to seek out others who could teach me and guide me. My husband has been wonderful in that area! I have also had friends who helped me. But God has also taught me. He has led me to scripture through my reading and my writing, educating me, filling me with knowledge and understanding that can only come from the Holy Spirit.
The answer to “OK, God, now what?” is John 3:36.
So, if you haven’t fulfilled the step to salvation as outlined in John 3:1-15 and Acts 2:38, the time to begin pursuing this is NOW.
If you have done these things; if you have repented, been baptized in Jesus’ name and received the Holy Spirit, have you taken the next step?
Or are you still asking, “OK, God, now what?”