For one of my college classes I had to write something that included the Romans Road.... this is what I came up with.
Walker and Bruce were best friends and like every day, they were playing in the tree house by the river. They had just gotten done playing the Revolutionary War and now sat up there, sweat running down their faces and totally out of breath. After awhile Walker asked,
“Bruce, do you ever wonder what will happen to you after you die?”
“Yeah, sometimes but I don’t like thinking about it.” Both sat there quietly when Walker said, “Let me know how you can know if we go to heaven or to hell.”
Bruce nodded and Walker continued.
“Well the Bible says ‘As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: ‘ Righteous means holy. And then it says: ‘For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;’ Have you done bad? You know, like lying to your parents, cheating on your history test, stealing Taylor’s gum or….”
“Yeah, of course, you know I did.” Bruce cut in embarrassed by Walker telling all his secrets. “But why do we all do bad?”
“Do you know the story of Adam and Eve, how they ate the fruit God forbid them to eat. The devil tempted Eve, she ate the fruit and gave it to Adam and the Bible says “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” 3 This one man is talking about Adam.”.
“So now what”, Bruce asked “I do bad things like everyone else. What is that gonna change?”
God tells us “For the wages of sin is death…” The bad things, our sin, is punished by death. Not necessarily dying and going into the grave but being separated from God in hell!” After that Walker exclaimed: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 5’ God loves you Bruce, so much so that he was willing to have his son die on the Cross for you.”
“He did? He knows about me?”
“Yes”, answered Walker, “When we finish the verse from earlier we see that he has a present for you. ‘But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.’ God has a present for you and that is eternal life. Only Jesus Christ can let you live forever in heaven with him! It’s like a real present: in order to make it yours you just have to accept it.
“How do I accept this present?”Bruce asked with a trembling voice. One thing he knew for sure, He didn’t want to go to hell. He heard about it before: you burn and burn, forever and ever, never ending pain. No, he didn’t want to go there. So much in thought he missed some of what Walker was saying but still heard:
“…thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.’ Do you believe that Jesus rose again?
“Yeah, the Bible says he did.”
“OK well then the Bible tells us that ‘For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.’ “
With a puzzled look on his face Bruce asks “What do I have to do with my mouth?”
With a giggle Walker explains, “ ‘For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. ’ You just need to tell God that you are accepting that gift.”
“Can I do that right here in the tree house or do I have to wait till Sunday?”
“You can do it right here”, he answered.
After that Bruce started talking to God, “Jesus, I don’t want to go to hell. I wanna go to heaven and life forever with you. I believe you rose again. Please forgive the bad things I did….uhm…Amen”
“Now where will you go if you were to die?” Walker asked.
“Yes! The Bible says ‘Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:’Now you have peace with God
“No more wars?!” Bruce asks laughing.
“Hahaha-nope. Let’s go inside and drink some lemonade I am hot and I want to show you a few more verses in the Bible”
The boys walked inside, Bruce poured some homemade lemonade as Walker got his Bible he had left on the couch that morning.
“Look here”, he says, “in Romans 8:14-16 we read ‘For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.’ You are now a child of God like me! “
“So we are kinda like brothers?”
“Yes. The Bible says that at salvation we are adopted into God's family. Lets continue reading ‘For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: ‘“
“That is cool!”
“After you accepted God's gift you will always be saved from hell. Nothing can happen, not even you can do anything after that to make you lose this gift. You are a child of God forever. If we look farther down into this chapter, verses 35- 39 we read ‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ You see nothing can take you away from God after this!
“That is so neat! I didn’t even know I was getting a good deal like this when I prayed.
“I know. Isn’t God awesome?!”
“Yeah, he is. Hey, let’s go invite Steve over tomorrow and you can tell him about this!
“That sounds like a great idea. Are you ready for another attack on our fort? You might die in this game.”
“I’m ready! Now I know I’d go to heaven if I’d died for real!”
So do you know where you would go if you were to die today?