|THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION
There are many important questions that we face in this life, such as "Who will I marry?", "What career will I choose?", "Where will I live?", etc., but there is one question greater than all of these. Your answer will not only affect your life today, but your eternal life. We're talking about millions upon millions of years, not just a brief life of being born, living several decades, and everything ending with a funeral. EVERYONE has an eternity ahead of them, but where you will spend that endless time truly depends on the answer to this question:
"Are you saved?"
Maybe you've heard that question before. Perhaps, it was phrased as, "Are you born again?". Either way, it's the same question. It all deals with whether or not you are 100% sure that you will go to Heaven when you die.
“Ye must be born again.” (John 3:7). Those are the words of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, referring to the only way to go to Heaven. You will notice that He didn't add anything like church attendance, being a "good person", or doing kind deeds as a stipulation.
God laid out one very simple plan for being saved in His word, The Bible. Here is how to have the RIGHT answer to this IMPORTANT QUESTION:
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). That could be a tough one to face, but we have all sinned. Sometimes, we'd like to think of sins as the BIG crimes like murder or armed robbery, but even the smallest lie or hateful thought is sin. It may not seem like a big deal but, because you are a sinner, there is a price that has to be paid. In fact, the price tag on sin... is death.
“For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This isn't talking about that death before the funeral we mentioned above, this is about eternal separation from God, in a place called Hell.
But, there's some really great news for you today! You've seen the bible verse number "John 3:16" on bumper stickers, t-shirts, and held up on signs at football games, but have you ever taken a moment to find out what this wonderful verse says?
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
God gave His own son, to bear ALL of your sin and die in your place. That's how much He loves you today, no matter what you've done, even if you've lived a life full of sins against Him. All of those sins, yours and ours, were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He was the substitute, standing in for what we deserved.
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
Jesus was perfect and totally without sin, and became the sacrifice for each and every one of us. He paid the payment for your sin, on your behalf. It's a glorious gift, but we have to accept that gift and the One who gave it.
You might be thinking, "Surely, He wouldn't save someone like me". We all thought that same way, at one time, but this gift is for ANYONE who will put their trust in Him and what He did for ALL of us.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
YOU are in that "whosoever". Notice that it doesn't say "might" or "can", but SHALL be saved.
Give your whole heart to God today. Let Jesus fill that emptiness inside of you, that a sinful world can't satisfy. Tell the Lord today, with all of your heart, that you admit you have sinned, and that you need Jesus to come into your life. Believe that He is truly the Son of God and that He paid the full price for anything in your past, for those sins you committed yesterday and today, and if you ever fall short of His Will in the future.
Knowing we have sinned and trusting in Jesus, and what he did for us,
we need to turn from our sinful ways. This is called repentance. That's
sounds like another tough one, doesn't it? Once you've been born
again, you've got someone that will help you break those bad habits and
change any sinful lifestyles. That someone is Jesus Christ, Himself.
Repentance isn't about cleaning up your life BEFORE you get saved.
It's about fully trusting in Him, desiring to live for Him fully, and
through that, allowing Him to remove those things in your life that
aren't pleasing to our Holy God. Just let them go, and ask Him to
help you keep them out of your life.
What is YOUR answer to this IMPORTANT QUESTION?