“Umm, we need to talk….”

Those are words no one wants to hear.

Whether it’s your spouse, your boss, your teacher, or a friend, from the moment you hear those words, to the moment you have the meeting, your life will probably be filled with anxiety.

“What did I do?”

“What kind of trouble am I in?”

“Am I going to get fired? Will I fail the class? Will I get kicked out of school?”

You imagine the worst, while hoping for the best.

Isn’t it sad that many Christians live their lives as if God has told them, “We need to talk…”

Do you believe that, after you die, you’re going to have a meeting with God to decide your eternal destiny? Are you worried about the outcome? Do you think it’s still up in the air, to be decided at a future date?

If so, consider what Jesus said about believers and judgment:

“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18, emphasis added).

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24, emphasis added).

If you believe, will you be judged?

Is your fate going to be decided at a later date?

Do you have to live your life not knowing if God is going to save you or condemn you?


According to Jesus, if you have believed, you will not be judged. Your eternal destiny is already decided, already sealed. You have everlasting life at the moment of faith, and will be with him forever.

But if you haven’t believed, there’s no room for uncertainty either. “He who does not believe has been judged already,” Jesus said. That’s also a done deal. The verdict is already in. Now that is something to worry about.

But why put yourself through that?

Why put yourself through the anxiety of not knowing where you’ll go when you die?

Why not believe Jesus’ promise to you?

Why not have the assurance that believers will not be judged?

If that doesn’t sound like the best deal of your life, then, umm, we need to talk.

Shawn Lazar