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Be Brave, Eternity is Forever

Jun 11, 2020 by Desra Hitz

“Be brave. Eternity is forever.” These are the words that the Lord placed on my heart at an IF conference four years ago. I knew this was true, however I didn’t know what specifically God was asking me to do. My whole life growing up I have had this burden for my unsaved family members.

Entering into my teenage years I attempted to share my faith with friends and family. We would have discussions about the Bible and if God was real, but most often it stopped at that.

Fast forward to Covid pandemic 2020. As a natural health practitioner, I tend to dig into the research and I enjoy sharing knowledge. I had stumbled across some things that excited me and I was wrestling with how to share them with some family members.

The Lord was clear again that my job was not to share my knowledge of research. Instead, I was to share my knowledge of the love of Jesus and how He is the only one who knows how to save.

Joshua 1:9 states, “Be strong and courageous do not be dismayed for I am with you wherever you go.” 

Ephesians 2:10 shares, “We are his workmanship created in Christ for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”  These verses are on my wall; they remind me of my job, which is to rest because God will fight my battles. He goes before me, prepares the work I am to do, and I merely need to be ready to move when he calls me to move.

He goes before me, prepares the work I am to do, and I merely need to be ready to move when he calls me to move.

I called a family member this past weekend. They told me that they knew that the Bible is unfolding before our eyes. They also told me that they think they will go to heaven because they believe in their heart they will. They told me that they try their best to be a moral person, and that by being morally good, God will let them in. I knew this was my chance to tell them the truth—that God is just waiting for them to surrender their good intentions, and to quit trying to clean themselves up. God wanted to meet them right there, right where they were, and that God wanted to carry their sins for them. Our job is to acknowledge that we are sinners and that we cannot save ourselves. 

The line got quiet for a little bit. And then we jokingly talked about how long it was “gonna take for the Lord to go through our laundry list of sins”. I don’t know for sure if my family member received the free gift of salvation and hope after our call, but I do know that eternity is forever and we are to be brave in whatever He calls us to. I am praying that God will make a way as He always does.

Author

Desra Hitz and her family have attended Outward Church since 2011. She currently serves on our Outward Kids Team.

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