Sunday, April 24, 2011

These Words Can Change Your Life Forever

Hi there. How are you doing?

Me? Well, I'm doing just fine, thanks for asking.

Say, I'd like to talk you about something, and it won't cost you a thing except a few minutes of your time. Care to listen?

Good!

So, what if I told you that you're missing out on your true calling in life? That a career, marriage, family, friends, and social status are no substitute for genuine happiness? That this life is nothing compared to the afterlife?

Would you call me jealous? Anti-American? Crazy?

Try none of the above.

I am what you would consider to be enlightened because this Rock builds his foundation upon the only Rock that has stood the test of time, transceneds boundaries both seen and unseen, and is the one thing worth pursuing in our short time on this planet.

That Rock is Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 10:4).

Notice that I'm not here to talk about religion. I'm here to talk about Jesus Christ. There's a fundamental difference.

When you think of it, organized religion is just a big fa├žade that can all be whittled down to one simple mantra: do good things, follow strict guidelines, and you'll have eternal security.

The problem with this train of thought is that it fails to acknowledge our human nature as strictly mortal beings, and no matter what we do, our efforts will never ever come close to achieving the mirage so boldly proclaimed by false "prophets." Nirvana? 72 virgins? Puh-lease.

You and I have our limitations. We can't go three minutes without air, three days without water, and three weeks without food. (Some may push these limits, but they seldom go any further). The point is, if we were infallible or have the potential to become infallible, why do we die?

Because we sin (Rom. 6:23). Now, perhaps you have heard of what sin "is," but are not sure of what it actually "means." In its literal sense, sin is disobedience to God, your heavenly Father who made you before you were even born (Jer. 1:5). Thus, sinning is the act of disobeying God and His commands.

To put it another way, consider sin in this context. Say you live with your biological father, and he tells you not to bounce a basketball inside the house. If you do it anyway and subsequently break something expensive, he will be none too pleased and punish you for your act of defiance. Even if you don't break something, you're still going against an authoritative command that will inevitably lead to some kind of punishment if you keep violating said command. This discipline is the result of your sin against your (biological) father.

Unfortunately, we can't escape sin because it's practically woven into our DNA. Everyone sins every day of their lives. Even the most pious individual on the face of the Earth sins. And its because of this sin that we have fallen short of God's grace (Rom. 3:23) and deserve to burn in Hell, a "special" place set aside for people who continuously ignore their Father's teachings (Psa. 9:17a).

Sounds ominous, I know. But there is a way to escape this impending wrath and guarantee you an everlasting peace of mind.

Its as simple as ABC:
*Admit that you're a sinner in need of repentence (see Rom. 3:23)
*Believe that Jesus is the only path toward salvation (John 14:6)
*Confess that He is real and you need Him in your life (Rom. 10:9)

For those who want to come to Christ and accept this free gift, please pray the following:
Lord, I admit that I'm a sinful person in need of your guidance. I also believe that Jesus is your only Son and He died for my transgressions. Now and forevermore, I confess to you that Jesus is my one and only Savior. Let Him enter my heart and mind, so I can begin to live a new creation in your holy and precious name. Amen.

If you have (or already) met the three aforementioned conditions and are sincere with the above passage, you are saved from eternal damnation – for good.

With that being said, you have no excuse to reject the Good News (Rom. 1:20). If not elsewhere in the past, you have now been given the directions to the only path en route to eternal paradise.

You're at a crossroad, and there is no turning back. You must either disregard what you have read today and be mercilessly punished in the pits of Hell when you die, or take the first step forward (if not already) and be lovingly welcomed into Heaven one day like a long, lost child.

The choice is yours.

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