I’m sorry that this is kind of a long read. At least for my attention span it would be. I know you can, but will you bare with me? Grab a cup of coffee and sit with me for a couple minutes. I’ve been wanting to have this conversation for a while, and all the more as we enter a new year.
It’s a new year with new possibilities! Are you excited? I am.
I love a new day and I love a new year because the possibilities are endless if we do not repeat the same things that create the same results…
It is time. It is time to create a new result. In order to do that we have to look where we are so we can change where we are headed.
Here is where we are…answering the same dumb questions over and over. It is time for a new question.
We are constantly bombarded with what we should have an answer for and be focusing on; our religion, our health, our wealth, our political bent, our opinions on guns, sexual orientation, abortion, use of substances, etc. I personally get tired of people trying to distract me with rubble and the minutiae of life that keeps us all churned up. I’m done with being churned up. Aren’t you?
We spend so much time battling the rubble we never get around to answering the most important question of all, the question that if answered, all other questions and answers will seem to fall into place. At least this has been my experience.
My experience has become a beautiful story and because I care deeply for you it makes sense I would want you to share in that beautiful story.
My story begins and ends with the most important question I’ve ever asked myself. This question keeps coming to my mind as we enter 2016. People avoid the question and make the answer so complicated. The answer seems illusive to many and therefore, the question becomes too scary to ask.
I’m not afraid of the question and I have found extreme peace in the answer.
Do you have that kind of peace? If not, perhaps it is time to ask the question and find the answer.
The most important question you can ask yourself as you go into 2016 is this. If I were to die today are you 100% sure you would go to Heaven?
There. I said it. I asked it. I put it out there. Please don’t tune me out now. Your peace and your future depend on facing the question squarely. If you can answer the question with 100% certainty, you can stop here. But make sure you live with the confidence that is yours to claim. If you can’t answer the question with 100% certainty, please read on.
Perhaps you are rolling your eyes and thinking, “Here she goes forcing her truth on me.” Or maybe you are thinking, “How dare she”?
I dare because I love you and I want you to experience a peace filled, joy ridden story. I want you to walk in peace and confidence. It isn’t just for me, for my personality, for someone like me. This confidence and peace is for EVERYONE! It is for you. Don’t believe the lie that you are not worthy of this kind of peace.
Nothing you have done eliminates you from being a potential recipient of God’s peace.
Now that you have read the question I’m praying you face it squarely and do not put the question on the back shelf. There really isn’t any time to put this question on the back shelf. I mean, really.
We have all seen this last year how illusive “forever” is. An earthly forever came to an end for many through illness, accidents, mass shootings, suicide, substance abuse, etc. I don’t imagine there is a one of us who was not affected by death in some way.
Though death entered my bubble, I’m not afraid of death in the slightest. Can you say you are not afraid of death?
I am 100% confident that I will go to Heaven when I die and Heaven is definitely something to look forward to. Man, how cocky is that, 100% confident?
I am not cocky, I’m confident. And I’m only confident because of ONE THING that I have done. Not because I’m a good person and I have done many good things and I’m kind to people and feed the poor but because I did the one thing scripture tells me I need to do to enter the gates of Heaven.
I admitted I was a sinner and needed a Savior and received God’s grace. I am too messed up to think I have the ability to get myself to heaven. I needed Jesus to get me there. I need his grace, his love, his sacrifice.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
Yikes! That is a hard thing for us humans to do; admit we are sinners and need someone else to make us complete. We are fed so many lies that tell us the “power” lies within us! Well, I’m not seeing much power but I am seeing a lot of rubble as the results of trying to become our own power. I get exhausted just watching all the striving.
We have a FREE GIFT sitting right in front of us and we dance all around it trying not to open it, trying not to acknowledge it. The FREE GIFT is salvation through Jesus Christ.
- “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
- Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:36
- Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
- “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3
- “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
- Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. John 3:36
Because I admitted I was a sinner and needed a Savior I now walk with the HOPE of Eternity; Eternity in Heaven. Not eternity in space, or as another creature or in hell or in any other form, but in a place where God shall wipe away all tears from my eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away Rev 21:4. Because I did not reject him, this is my hope.
Many believe in God, but do they believe in the saving power of Jesus, that FREE GIFT? That is where the rubber meets the road.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved Acts 16:31
I have read a ton of scripture over the years and I have seen his promises lived out in my life. That does not mean my life has been without pain and suffering or that it has turned out just like I wanted it to. I have experienced great pain and disappointment from my earthly perspective.
But what I have experienced through the power of Jesus Christ in my life has outweighed any pain or disappointment. I have trusted him with the bigger picture and in doing so I have been able to walk through the pain and disappointment with a hope and a confidence that he would meet me in those moments and I would come out stronger because of them, not weaker.
Jesus Christ was present in all of those moments and I am aware that he is the ONLY one that got me through and will continue to get me through my moments. I could not have gotten through my moments without him. I would be in a pile of rubble without him. Instead of rubble, I walk in a confident peace that He is by my side and the hope of Eternity lies before me.
Because I have seen him work in my life and seen scripture come true, I can believe him when he says that if I believe on the name of Jesus Christ, I will be saved. I am 100 % sure I will experience Eternity in heaven because I have chosen to believe on the name of Jesus Christ as my Savior.
My entrance into Heaven does not depend on my actions. Thank goodness!
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
His Grace, his Grace, his Grace…..
I am so undeserving but through his Grace and my belief and surrender to him as my only Savior, I am saved! As I focus my life and my belief on him I pray my actions will back up that belief and that my life would be a beacon of light leading others toward my Savior. Woe is me when my choices lead others away from Him.
That surrender can be the hardest part. We grip tightly to control, to creating our own destiny. But my friends, we are so inept because we do not have the big picture. We are riddled with sin and live with the “me” perspective. God looks at the big picture without sin and has the “us” perspective.
When my 20 yr old son died I had two choices; try and hold on to my earthly perspective and become bitter and angry because my picture was destroyed, or trust God with the big picture, the picture that only he could see.
I chose the latter. That does not mean I do not cry over my earthly loss or feel pain over Ryan’s absence. But in those painful moments I choose to release my hold on my view and trust God with his view. In doing so God has given me glimpses of his view and those glimpses are more beautiful than anything I could have orchestrated.
This deep faith I have received is one of those beautiful things.
My friends, would you stop at the beginning of this New Year and ask yourself the most important question you could ever ask? “If I were to die today are you 100% sure you would go to Heaven?”
If you do not know the answer, make it your 2016 goal to find it. Don’t let the answer to the question elude you. There is too much at stake to ignore this question; your eternity. Eternity can begin at any moment.
I love you my friends and want God’s absolute best for you. Yes, you are worthy of it.