If you have ever heard conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, you
may have heard him repeat the phrase, "Talent on loan from
God." What he, Mr. John B. who has just died, nor any of us may
fully realize, is that all that we have, even our very life is given to
us by God. We join a heavenly intake process now in progressÖ
Notier: Sir, I see on the Lordís
records that you were given 55 years of life.
John B: Yes, well, I, uh, Iím sorry but 55 wasnít really
enough, was it? I mean, there was so much more to do. There was so much
more living to be lived, and people to see, and so on. Iím not
complaining but I thought I would have longer. See, I just thought that
Iíd live to be 80 or 90 and Iíd have all that extra time to finish
up my life.
Notier: Well, you know, life is given to
you by God. It isnít just something that happens by accident. You were
not an accident. God acted to bring you into existence.
John B: But I was born out of wedlock. How can you say I was not
an accident? You donít mean to tell me that God acted when my parents
did it when they werenít married do you?
Notier: Yes, that is pretty much what I am saying. God is
continually supplying life, life force, soul, spirit, and life support
to all human life and, more or less, supplying life to all living
creatures. God not only started life, He keeps it going with life fuel.
Letís just say God is the ultimate life support machine.
John B: But scientists donít really believe that. Scientists
say that life is just duplicated. You know, like two living cells coming
from one living cell. Life is just sort of passed on from one cell to
another. God isnít really in that cell dividing picture is He?
Notier: Yes, God is in the picture. God supports or keeps the
life going in the cells.
John B: You mean, all of life, every living thing is living
because God keeps it living?
Notier: Yes, that is pretty much how things operate.
John B: You mean, even my life on earth was started and supported
Notier: Yes, every cell in your body was in the hand of God.
Another way to look at it is as if God is the generating plant and you
are a light bulb. God keeps the light lit.
John B: So when God pulls the plug, then I come here.
Notier: In a manner of speaking, yes, that is how it works.
However, a lot more is expected of you by God than just to be an
inanimate object. God expected you to glow with His spirit of love,
kindness, caring, and compassion. God expected you to turn away from the
sinful influences and nature you were born with and accept Christ into
John B: I always went to church you know. Iím sure you have a
record of that.
Notier: Yes, I see you went to church. I see you were baptized,
joined the church, and gave money. But I donít see that you ever
really got the message.
John B: What message? I listened to the sermons.
Notier: Yes, I know you did listen. The message I was referring
to is the message that Christ came so that you could live more fully.
The I am talking about is the message that He came so you would turn
away from doing the sinful things you did and live a more devout and
John B: Yeah, well, we all have our weaknesses, donít we? God
never made a perfect human did He?
Notier: Yes, He made one. God made his only child and when Christ
walked the earth, the "weakness" as you put it, or "human
nature" as others put it, crucified Him. You see, John, the human
nature that crucified Christ is the same human nature you lived with all
your life. The same anger, resentment, unforgiving heart, hatred,
turmoil, jealousy, and greed that infected your 55 years, all that trash
of the human heart and mind, that human nature put Christ on the Cross.
John B: No, now wait a minute here. I am not responsible for
Christí death. I did not live when He did. That was 2000 years ago.
That was long before my time.
Notier: Iím sorry, John, the same dark power of sin that
crucified Christ was in you. The same dark power infected you and life
for 55 years. Unfortunately, you did nothing about it. You did not want
to confront it. You did not want to deal with it. You sat in church and
listened but when you would look at your life you did see what you were,
you did see the infection of your heart and soul, but refused to admit
the sin infection was there. You ran away from your sin because you did
not want to give it up.
John B: O.K., I admit there were some things I could have changed
when I was alive but we all have free will and if I had gotten the whole
picture I might have made other decisions.
Notier: You did get the whole picture. You understood for years who
Christ was and what He did for you. You just did not want to go to the
Cross and admit you were a sinner. You did not want to admit you
John B: No, I did not crucify Christ. I do not admit that. I had
no part in that act. That was long before I was born.
Notier: Yes, you did. You know you did. You know that the sinful
nature of the men who sentenced Him, flogged Him, and drove the spikes
into His hands and feet was the same sinful nature you had. These men
were just like you. They were just ordinary people whose human nature
led them to put Christ on the Cross. If you had lived at that time, you
would have done exactly what each of those men did. You would have made
the same decisions, and made the same compromises with your conscience
they made. John, it was your nature, your sinful nature that killed Godís
son. And you know it.
John B.: But I was human just like everyone else, you donít
expect people to actually change their nature do you. I mean, come on,
letís be realistic here.
Notier: Yes, you were human, but Christ wanted more. Christ wanted
you to rise above the dark and sinful nature you carried in your heart
and soul. Christ wanted you to seek forgiveness for carrying the sinful
nature. Christ wanted you to go the extra mile and be honest with Him,
with yourself, and with others and you knew the truth. You knew what
Christ wanted from you.
And yes, with Christ in your heart, you do have a changed nature. You
are different. You are a new person, a new man, a new human being.
John B: Well, it is never to late to change.
Notier: Well, it is too late for you. Your time has run out.
John B: Now wait a minute. I was a fine, upstanding member of my
church. Look at all the money I gave. Look at all the time I spent in
church. Look at all the good deeds I did.
Notier: Yes, I see all that. However, you were always trying to
buy off God by what you did. You gave money, gave time, and did deeds so
you could go ahead and live life the way you wanted, not the way Christ
John B: Well, its never to late to get in is it? I mean, if I had
really known what was going on I would have been different. You surely
have some way to let me in. OK, so I was stupid. I admit I was stupid. I
didnít know then what I know now.
Notier: It wonít work John. Youíve been pleading innocence
through ignorance and it wonít work. You are just being manipulative.
You were not stupid then and you are not stupid now. You were always on
borrowed time and you squandered it. Your life was given to you and
supported within you by God. Every moment of your conscious life was
given to you by God. Yet you turned away, ran away, walked away, stayed
away, so you could keep yourself in pleasure, greed, jealousy, and sin.
I admit sin did have a grip on you but you controlled whether there was
a grip. All you had to do was admit you had fallen short of Godís
desires for you, ask Christ for forgiveness, and the grip would have
been loosened and you would have been a new person.
John B.: What can I do? I am already dead but I could go back and
get another shot at things couldnít I? You could give me a near death
experience and I could go back and be different.
Notier: Iím sorry, we are not passing out NDEís today. Itís
Fritday up here and we donít do NDEís on Friday. Besides, what is it
you would do differently?
John B.: Iíd give more money, do more work, and go to all the
church servicesÖno sweat, no problem.
Notier: You still donít get it do you?
John B.: Yeah, I get it. I just have to read more Christian
books, read the Bible more, be more of a Christian.
Notier: How is it you would become a Christian?
John B.: Well, I would join the church, be baptized, sing in the
choir, be an usher, teach Sunday school, and work real hard.
Notier: I think we are about done with this intake. You know the
answer but you refuse to say it. I think I will call the escorts and you
can be escorted out of here.
John B.: No wait, I know what you want. Donít send me down
there. I know what you want. You want me to say that I repent or I have
turned away from my sinful nature. You want me to say I accept Christ as
the person who died for me on the Cross because He loved me personally.
Thatís it isnít it?
Notier: It isnít what I or God or Christ want you to say. We
are not in the business of show business. Where do you think you are?
John B.: Well, I know I died. Iím in heaven arenít I, or some
kind of purgatory or a waiting area. I died and you are seeing if I can
get into heaven, arenít you? I mean, you are not going to send me to
hell are you? Look, I am not a bad person. Whatever you want from me,
you got it. It is not too late is it?
Notier: Iím sorry, 55 years was enough. You time is up.
John B.: OK, Iíll quit the games. I just never could quite get
into the church thing, the religion thing, the gospel thing, whatever
thing the God thing is, I just could not get really into it. I went
along to go along. I figured when I died God would see I did a lot of
work and He would overlook the rest of the stuff I did. I admit I did
not make a commitment to Christ. I admit I was playing games all those
years. I admit I did not really take the gospel into my heart and soul.
Notier: Good bye John.
John B.: No, wait.