While in Kenya in 2012, I was invited to speak at a funeral service. It was being held outside in a large grassy field and when our team arrived we found somewhere around two thousand people in attendance. Tents had been set up for the people to sit under on folding chairs. The Lord had shown me before I went to sleep the previous night that I would be speaking. After we arrived at the funeral, the team was shown to our seats. Only five minutes later, we were introduced and I was asked to speak. As I stood up to walk over and stand in front of the huge crowd, I asked the Lord, “What do you want me to deliver to Your people?” I knew before I got to the microphone what He had for them.
“First of all, I want to thank the family for allowing me to be part of your service. I’m sorry each of you have lost a grandmother, mother, sister or friend. I want to reflect with you what I have learned over the years as I have attended funerals. I noticed something. I noticed that every time we go to these, there is the casket begging the question, “What happened to my loved one?” Nobody can go to a funeral and not wonder. Do you know that every one of us are going to face a casket some day. Then the funeral will be for us and people will be forced to ask the same question. Today, I see that casket over there under that little tent and wonder where is your friend now? Where did she go? Is she just asleep awaiting for something? Or has she gone ahead of us to a land where we all should desire to end up. That land is in Heaven above.”
Everything I was saying was being interpreted, but I can tell you this, I had the attention of every single person there. Some of them were looking over at the casket wondering where their loved one had gone. That question couldn’t be avoided now.
“I want to tell you a truth and I hope you all of you are listening. For nobody knows when God is going to require your breath. It is possible that someone here today may not even make it home. So listen to me as I tell you what the Bible says about death for those who know Christ and for those who don’t. If you have opened your heart and confessed your sin to God, then asked Jesus to come in and take His throne inside of you, you are saved and will see Heaven. For those of you who have played with God, who have never realized the gift that God gave every one of us, His Son Jesus, then you are in a terrible place today.
The Bible teaches us this; those who have Jesus Christ in their hearts and die, they will in a moment be in the presence of Christ in Heaven. However, the Bible also says for those who refus the greatest gift of God, His Son, they will spend eternity in chains, utter darkness and torment. Needless to say, God holds every one of us condemned without His Son Jesus. We are sinners and have broken His commandments and laws. The penalty is death.”
I didn’t need to say anything else. So I it was time for me to make the Kings invitation for salvation.
“I would ask that every single person here close your eyes. I want you to look at that casket in your imagination and see yourself laying there now. What do you want people to know about your destination after you die? Do you want them to wonder what happened after, or do you want them to know that you have made it into the Glory of God? That is your choice and you can make it right now. God loves every single person here. But do not think for a moment that He sent His Son to die for you and then He would invite you into His Kingdom if you reject His gift. Not for a moment will He do that for you. The price Jesus paid when creation crucified Him has been paid and God will never ask Him to do it again. With your eyes closed, I am going to ask you to be bold. Slip your hand up if you are ready to be saved.”
Four or five hundred hands went up all through the crowd. I was amazed by the response of these precious people to the invitation to be saved. After, I led those who raised their hands to pray the following prayer:
“Father, I have sinned against You my whole life. I have done things I regret and I ask You to forgive me. I need to be saved. I ask God that You would accept me as one of Yours. (I had them open their doors over their chest) Jesus, I invite You to come into my life, my heart and take it over. Come Jesus enter me and save my soul!”
The crowd lifted up a shout and glorified God that morning. What a privilege that day was for me.
That was it! Over five hundred people opened their hearts to the Lord Jesus right there at that funeral. And in the future when others are staring at their caskets, wondering where they might be, they can rest assured, they are dancing and singing in the presence of God.
Now, I am guessing that you read this article because you are concerned about your own salvation. If that is true, PLEASE!, humble your heart before God and pray the same prayer above. Open the doors over your heart with your hands and let the King of Glory come in. He will if you ask with your heart, not your head. Please, don’t leave this page until you pray the very same prayer I led the people of Africa to pray. If you sincerely ask Jesus to come in and take over your life, He will and you will know it! There is no way to be saved and stay the same as you were. If you have found this page and accepted Christ, we want to know about it. Will you please leave us a comment below and let us know about it. We love you, God loves you and we want your life to be made well. This is the first step. Truly, I want to see you in Heaven some day.
Blessings and love for who you are…
Pastor Jeff Mauer