Give Me a Revelation of Hell
I read about a ten-year-old boy whose house had caught fire. He realized that his brother and sister were still inside, so he risked his life and ran back into the burning house to try to save them.
When the firemen finally put the blazing fire out, they found this ten-year-old boy with his brother and sister in his arms, in the corner of one of the rooms. All three of them perished in the fire, but he had risked his life because he wanted to save his brother and sister. He’d had to act no matter what the cost.
I don’t need a revelation of heaven - I need a revelation of hell. If I have a revelation of hell, it will get rid of my pettiness. It will get rid of my wrong priorities. A good prayer to pray is, “Jesus, please let me see the world today the way you do. Remind me of what it means to live in this world without God. Show me what it means to be separated from you.”
On one of my visits to India, I was in a place where people were dying from drug resistant tuberculosis, AIDS, and every other kind of terrible disease. I was there to support a ministry that lived with and loved the poorest of the poor. They would go out to where the poor were dying under the bridges, and nurse them back to health. It was dangerous work because of their constant exposure to deadly, contagious diseases.
One member of the team working there was Tony. He had been a snowboard champion in New Zealand, but now he was helping destitute people in India. When I met him, he had been sleeping at the place where they threw bodies into the river.
Every day, he helped people who had these deadly contagious diseases, many of them children - picking them up from the streets, trying to clean them up, and telling them about God’s love for them. What motivated him to do such an extreme thing?
Tony had a revelation of God’s broken heart, and it compelled him to extreme action - to leave the comfort of New Zealand for a destitute slum in Delhi. He was now fully alive, living the life he had been created to live, full of passion and the love of God. He was making a difference in a broken world. He’d had a revelation of hell and it had changed his life.
When I have a revelation of hell, my priorities change. God fills me with His passion and I am compelled to act. I cry out for the lost and I cannot be satisfied to just live a selfish life.
A revelation of hell drives you to extremes.
2 Peter 3:8-11 says, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: with the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.”
Ask God to open your eyes to see the destruction all around you.
God, please break my heart so I will cry out for justice. Don’t let me be infected by the world, that wants me to just live an empty, selfish life. Let my life count for something eternal.