176. Who Did You Bring With You?

“Once a person has settled the question of where he or she is going when it is time to get on the train and step into eternity,” Stan began, “there is only one thing left to do.”

“And what’s that?” I asked.

“It’s just like the station master told you.  Tell people about what they need to do to get ready for their step into eternity.”

“And,” he continued, “disciple them on what they are to do on this side of eternity while they are waiting for the train.”

“Can you expand on that?” I asked.

“Sure,” was his response.  “I will talk about what I know best, and that is my personal experience.”

“By accepting the free gift of Christ Jesus’ finished work on the cross, I settled for all time where I am going when I step into eternity. Done deal. Ticket bought, paid for, issued, and accepted.”

“No more question about where I am going,” Stan said, and then added, “the only question is who am I going to bring with me.”

“That is a question I will be asked, you will be asked, and everyone who will stand before the Lord will be asked.”

Continuing, Stan said, “I see the picture of me standing before the Lord.  He will say, ‘Welcome Stan’ and then ask, ‘are you all by yourself?’”

“I don’t want to have to answer that question with a ‘yes’,” Stan said seriously.  “I am left here for one purpose.”

“And that is what?” I asked.

“My purpose on this side of eternity is to glorify and magnify God, and to bless others in His name and for His sake as He wants so that their vision of God is expanded and enhanced.  Then those people will go on to glorify and magnify God and bless others as He intends— and on and on it goes.”

“It can only be done while I am living on this side of eternity,” Stan concluded.  “When I step into eternity my opportunity to bring others with me will be at an end.  I want it to end well.”

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I shall walk before the Lord in the land of the living.  Psalm 116:9.

Prayer:  Lord, I thank you for the free gift of salvation and that I know where I am going when my time here is done.  You have left me here for your purposes, and I ask you to lead me to those you want me to help on this side of eternity.  Please, Lord, bring before me those you want me to bring with me when I step into eternity.  Lead me and help me to follow.  Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus Amen.

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