Ready for retirement?

An open letter to someone I have met.  You can put your name in.

 

Dear  ____,

I enjoyed our meeting the other day.  I am thankful for the opportunity that we had to talk and learned some interesting things about you and your family.  Your current business was a lot of fun for my family to visit for the day, and we hope to return in the future.  And talking about retirement was helpful, as time is going by so quickly.

You have some very good wisdom for those you know regarding retiring.  The need for planning and goals are so important.  We both have seen so many that enter that time of life without a plan, and disaster happens.  Keep encouraging those around you to make wise decisions regarding their future.  It seems like you have made some wise choices. 

Some of your other comments have made me think some more, and I wanted to drop you this line.  As much as retirement may be important to prepare for, eternity is even more so.  You evidently believe in Heaven, and you may agree that is the most important place to prepare for.  The other option, Hell, according to the Bible will be a place of despair and torture, a place where you and I do not want to reside.  You did mention that you were a Lutheran, although you made the comment, not a good one.  Then you brought up that you were a Christian like some 80 something percent of other Americans.  That comment concerned me, as did the one about not being a good Lutheran.

Recently I have been more aware of the words of Jesus to those who after dying will say, “Lord, Lord”, and Jesus will reply,  “I never knew you., depart from me…..” (Matthew 7:21-22 They make a plea that they worked in His name, but He denies them.  My hope is that you clearly have a relationship with Jesus, and will not face a similar encounter.  I pray that you will continue reading.  I have nothing to gain from this, not wanting any money, or you to go to my church(it is too far away for one thing).  I am just concerned about your soul.

I would like you to look at the following verses.  You can use your own Bible if you would like.  Read them carefully and in prayer see what they say to you.  After each verse there is a question.  Just pause and see what God says to you.  These are from His Word, the Bible.

     Romans 3:23  
    
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

What does this say to you?

      Romans 6:23 (NASB95)
     
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

What does this say to you?

      John 3:3 (NASB95) 
     
Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again 

      he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Why did Jesus come to die?

     John 14:6 (NASB95)
    
Jesus said* to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the

     Father but through Me.

What does this say to you?
     Romans 10:9-10 (NASB95)
    
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God   

       raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
      10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth

      he confesses, resulting in salvation.

What does this say to you?
     2 Corinthians 5:15 (NASB95)
    
15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but  

        for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

What does this say to you?
      Revelation 3:20 (NASB95)
     
20 ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the 

      door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

What does this say to you?

 

5 final questions if you are not already a born from above follower of Christ.

Are you a sinner?

Do you want forgiveness for your sins?

Do you believe Jesus died on the cross and rose again for your sins?

Are you willing to surrender your life to Christ?

Are you ready to receive Jesus into your heart and life?

 

If not already done, pray right now to receive Jesus and begin a new life with Him.  Not only will you be assured of Heaven when you die, you will have Christ within.

I pray that you are prepared for eternity.  If you have already received Jesus, then my prayer is that you will continue to live by faith in Him as you came to Him initially by faith.  Start to read your Bible regularly listening to Him.  Pray to Him regularly and find a good Church that believes the Bible, and loves Jesus.

 

In Christ,

 Steve

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