What are you waiting for?

It’s Time for Jesus

   It’s time for Jesus. It really is. Whether we get to see Him returning in the clouds with power and great glory today, next week or next year; or when we look upon His face the moment after our death, one thing is sure – we will all see Him soon.    In the light of eternity, the Bible compares this short span of life we live here on this earth to a flower that blooms briefly and then fades away (1 Peter 1:24); or like a vapor that appears for a time and then is gone (Psalms 39:5). 

  We were created for eternity. We will one day shed these “earth suits” we call our bodies and our true being – our spirit with our soul – will live on. The only question that remains is where. There are only two alternatives according to God’s word. For those who have received the precious gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ, it will be an eternal existence in the glorious Kingdom of Heaven in God’s very presence, where we will enjoy the glorious inheritance that Jesus promises for those who love Him. The experience will be wonderful beyond what we can now imagine or attempt to describe.

   The other alternative is entirely opposite in every way. We don’t like to talk or think about it, but it’s just as real as the other. It’s an eternity of separation from God in a place the Bible calls Hades, or Hell. God desires no one to perish there, and only those who find themselves there will be there because of rejecting His Son Whom He sent to save us from that place. 

   It is a however, and a choice that we each make from our own free will. God does not make the choice of separation from Him for us, in fact He doesn’t want to lose one of us and has done all He can do – even to the point of dying in our place – in order to make salvation and life with Him forever available to everyone who is willing to receive it.

   You see, God will not force anyone who does not want to be with Him to spend an eternity with Him. That would rob Heaven of its peace and loveliness. Just imagine being in Heaven with a God you want nothing to do with – you would be miserable. If you want nothing to do with Him now, you will want nothing to do with Him then either. Only those who love God and have embraced the sacrifice of His Son Jesus will be there. It is our choice here and now, and the finality of that choice will remain forever. 

   If you feel Jesus pulling on your heart right now, then invite Him in to receive His forgiveness and embrace the FREE GIFT of eternal life He is offering you. Jesus Himself died on a bloody cross to offer you this gift if you will only believe Him and receive it, but the choice is yours. He gives you the honor of making your own decision.

   Don’t wait. No one is guaranteed tomorrow. Today could be the last opportunity you have to seal your eternal destiny by receiving Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.  

   How do you do this? There are no magic words to recite – but just simply realize that you are a sinner in need of a Savior. Understand that, without a personal trust in Jesus, you cannot enter Heaven, no matter how good or moral you may think that you are.  You must believe that the death Jesus died on the cross was for YOUR sin personally, and that He paid the whole penalty for your sin all by Himself and on your behalf. You place your trust in Him and Him alone for reconciling you to God, and not trusting in your own religious efforts or perceived goodness.

   God is rich in mercy and desires to save each one. No one can say they didn’t have an opportunity. He’ll make sure everyone has heard. Today may be yours.

   Ephesians 2:4-9 says it well: “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

   You are incredibly loved by the God who created you. He wants you to know today that His plans for you are good, His love for you is unchangable and His salvation is knocking at your hearts door at this moment. Please don’t put Him off another day. Today is the day of salvation! 

February 19, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a Comment