How Far To Hell?
“Prepare your hearts for the Lord … and He will deliver you.” 1 Samuel 7:3
“How far is it to hell?” asked one of three half-drunk young men who were stumbling along the boardwalk of a popular beach resort. Shocked by their attitude, the policeman replied, “Hell’s at the end of a life without Christ, and you are closer than you think. You should prepare to meet God.”
This was more than the carefree trio expected to hear, so they turned and wandered away without further comment. That night, the dead body of a young man was discovered along the shore. The policeman recognized him.
Years later, that same policeman, again on beach patrol, was approached by a tourist. “You won’t remember me, but I remember you,” he said as he shook the officer’s hand. “Do you remember three drunken guys, and one who asked how far it was to hell? You said that hell was at the end of a life without Christ. Do you remember what happened to that guy? He drowned. I was with him that day. Your warning stuck with me and led me to confess my sins to Jesus and receive Him as my Savior. I’m so thankful God led you to speak to me. He used your words, and saved me by His grace.”
What encouragement for that policeman to hear that his warning was not wasted! One man actually heard it, and recognized his friend’s death as proof of what happens when we don’t prepare to meet God.
If you’ve ever wondered how far it is to hell, this message is for you. Please don’t end up like the young man who didn’t listen. Instead, be like the one who heard the warning, and accept Jesus as your Savior. And do it right now! We can help you. Then write and encourage us with your decision.
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org