Why is your heart still beating? Why doesn’t God take you to heaven the moment you become a Christian? Why does God leave you here on earth? Well, there’s only two things you cannot do in heaven. Ready? You can sing in heaven, pray in heaven, fellowship in heaven, serve God in heaven, lots — rest in heaven. There are only two things you can’t do in heaven. One of them is sin and the other is tell people who don’t know it, the Good News about God’s love. Anyone who makes it to heaven will already have heard and accepted it. Now, which of those two reasons do you think you’re still alive for?
It is the reason your heart is still beating. The reason your heart is still beating after you come to Christ (“Beam me up Scotty.”) is because God wants you to share the good news and offer hope to people who haven’t heard. If somebody hadn’t shared it with you, you’d be without hope. So God wants you to pass it on.
Look at this verse from the Bible, 2 Peter 3:9, “God doesn’t want anyone to be lost, but He wants all people to change their hearts and lives!” God is not willing that any should perish. And as long as there’s one person on earth who is living without hope and doesn’t know the Good News, God says we’ve got to keep reaching out.
Jesus said to His followers in Acts 1:8, “You will be my witnesses.” I want you to notice what He does not say — he doesn’t say you will be my defense attorney, my prosecutor, my salesman. You don’t have to defend God or be a salesman for God. All God wants you to do is to be a witness. What is a witness? A witness is somebody who just tells what they have seen. And a witness tells what happened to them. You see, you are the expert on your life. Nobody can be a better witness of what God has done in your life than you, because you are the authority on your life. So God says I just want you to tell other people what’s happened in your life.
It is the reason you are still alive. How do you feel about that?