Eternity, not a topic that comes up in conversation that often. However, with the way things are progressing in this world, I cannot think of a better time to discuss.
Several years ago a co-worker friend of mine was leaving for another job opportunity. I was not sure if I would see him again, but I wanted to give something that would last, so I gave him a Bible. In that Bible, I highlighted specific scriptures in Romans and put little tabs on those pages to heighten his curiosity in hopes he would read them.
Many years later, I ran into him at a celebration. He told me he still has the Bible and that he’d read the verses and accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior!
That was one of the most exciting things anyone has ever told me. I was thrilled to hear how God is working in his life! We try to keep in touch and encourage and pray for each other. My heart is thrilled that we will be in Heaven together one day.
“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”
This is often offensive to some to be referred to as a “sinner” but think about it, from the time we were born no one taught us to sin. As children, we did not have to be taught to be selfish or lie.
Like when I was a toddler and told my mother I did not take a freshly baked cookie off the plate, even though there were crumbs on my face as evidence! We must realize that no matter how “good we are” compared to Jesus Christ, we are all sinners.
“But God showed his love for us in while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
God loves us as sinners and sent his only son, Jesus Christ as the substitute for our sinfulness.
“For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
As sinners, we are destined to eternal separation from God. However, when we accept the FREE gift of salvation and accept Jesus Christ into our heart as Lord and Savior, our destiny is changed! We will spend eternity in heaven with Him!
“There is, therefore, no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Once we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross covers us.
“And we know that for those that love God, all things work together for good for those who are called according to His purpose”
This verse is meant for Christians. It does not say that your life is always “good” or easier once you become a Christian. It says that everything that happens whether it be good or bad will work together for your good to help in achieving God’s purpose for your life.
The choices we make, the trials and tests we encounter, everything. What a verse of comfort, hope, and encouragement! Remember that God is in control and He never forgets about his children.
“I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Your duty, do you accept?
As Christians, we should strive to live a life pleasing to God. To be more like Him in all that we think, say or do. Our mind should be transformed to think like He thinks about sin.
We should be working to every day to remove habitual sin from our lives. Doing this allows God to speak to us and give us direction for our life.
So, this is my version of the “Romans road.” What do you think? I pray it is helpful and you come to know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. It is the best life imaginable to have Jesus Christ in your life! Knowing He is with you every day to guide, protect, and comfort you.
I speak from experience. Trying to do everything on my own was fruitless, frustrating, and true foolishness! With Christ as my Lord and Savior, I have hope, joy, and peace. I look forward to the day I spend eternity with Him and I will be so thrilled to see you there too!
Where will you spend eternity?
Are you absolutely sure?
Do you remember when you became a Christian?
Be sure, friend before it’s too late!
Horace Williams Jr.