The other night I met a young man named Sam. He was out with his buddy to enjoy the pleasures of this world. I ran into these two young guys while sharing the gospel in downtown Portland. Neither really had heard the gospel which I am finding more and more regular with young people. I engaged with them by giving a tract that says on one side Ticket to Heaven and on the other Ticket to Hell.
I began with asking if he were to die whether he would go to heaven or not. His quick and immediate response was “Hell.” I replied “How do you know that?” He said; “From the age of 13 I began smoking pot and I do that a lot.” “I see.” This is remarkable because he was likely about 15. “Did you know that Christ came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief? I point this out to you because a man named Paul murdered Christians. I don’t think you have murdered Christians have you?” “No.” The Bible tells us that it is appointed for man to die once and after this the judgement.” I proceeded from there to administer law of God to help revive his conscience to his need for God to save him from hell. After all hell is a real place.
Sam’s destination of hell is not as exciting or fun that people think it is. We are desensitized to the concept of hell by its presentation in movies, commercials, music and friends. The idea that it is fine and it will be fun and I’ll see you there is false. The reality is that hell is not Satan’s realm. Hell is not a party where we will see friends. Hell is a place where God is dealing with those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel with fiery judgement. 1 Thess. 1:9. Even Psalm 11 tells that He [God] will reign coals upon the wicked. Not a place I want anyone to desire or want to go. I then plead with them to turn from their sin that they were enjoying and flee to God. Over all the message was well received and seemed to sober Sam up.
Sam and his friend heard the gospel of Jesus Christ that night. They heard the law of God, the penalty that we all deserve, and the grace of Jesus Christ through faith in Him. I pray that Sam is saved as well as his friend. Perhaps I will one day see him in heaven. Please pray for Sam.