Our world is rapidly changing and we are living in crazy times. We have recently witnessed some crazy things in the world and in this nation. We are coming upon a new election, mass shootings and violence is increasing, persecution of the saints in growing, and it seems that we are living in the last days.
As I go through this season my eyes are being removed from myself to what’s going on in the world and around me. Saints we must not lose sight on what’s really important and what matters most to God. In the age of social media it’s easy to get caught up in the trends of the world that we forget and lose sight of what matters most.
When you accept Jesus Christ in your life as your Lord and Savior you receive the gift of salvation. When you leave this earth, whenever it may be, you will join our Lord in heaven for eternity. Eterninty. Do we even think about what eternity means?! No ending, ever going. How awesome is God to bless us with a life after this one, and for Jesus to be preparing a home for us when we get there.
Yet, as good as this is, there are still more souls, more people lost and in need of salvation. Just like when the world ends no one knows when their day may come, and there are people around us who could use the news of God’s love for them and the availibilty of salvation through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If not with our lips, our lives should be a reflection of God’s love and miraculous power.
Despite how you may feel about someone, or the lives they are living, that someone is of value in God’s eyes. God wants His creation reconciled back to Him to become His children, to share in His love and healing, and to join Him one day in heaven. Sometimes we get so caught up in how we feel that we forget about what matters most.
Even more important, we should be asking ourselves are we living lives reflecting a life truly given to Christ. We will make mistakes and fall along in our journey while Jesus continues His good work in us, but our goal, through the help of the Holy Spirit, is to be living a fruitful life in Christ Jesus. Unfortunately some will be caught off guard on the day they stand before Jesus.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:22-23
I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be one of those people, instead I want to hear:
21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Matthew 25:21
This is not a message of condemnation or fire and brimstone. Instead I share this with you in love and truth. There is a reality of heaven and hell. Hell was not created for us, instead it was meant for satan and his fallen angels.
I think Rick Warren said it best
“The most important decision you make in this life is not who you will marry, nor the career you will choose, or where you will go to school but instead it’s where you will spend eternity.
That was a paraphrase, but hopefully you get the gist. God loves you so much that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for your sins. Jesus paid the penalty. He did the work and the only thing you have to do is, what some call the ABC’s of salvation. Admit you are a sinner in need of forgiveness, Believe with you heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, and Confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and accept His as the Lord and Savior of your life. Ask Him to live in your heart.
Even more awesome Jesus knew we would need help in our journey so He sent His Holy Spirit to live inside of us, and you can receive Him when you give your life to Christ.
Like you I am on this journey always learning and growing and being developed.
“12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV
Below I have pasted a salvation prayer from salvationprayer.info
Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.
I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.
You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.
Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.
Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself. Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life. AMEN.
If you said this prayer congratulations you are now apart of God’s family! Now your goal is to find a good church home and get a personal Bible so that you may continue on your journey. The old you and life has passed, you no longer have to live in condemnation! You are free! If you have any questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also a good book to consider reading on your new journey is Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. He has a revised edition, it’s a good investment!
His Royal Heiress