To understand and believe the gospel is to have your life forever changed. Nothing is unaffected by its implications. We come to know many things. Some are what many suspect. Like God exists, and there’s life after death.
That’s not all that surprising to many people. What’s surprising is the personal nature of God. He not only exists He’s concerned with us. He loves us.
That’s not too difficult to grasp. What’s difficult to grasp is the extent to which He’s concerned with us. Like the fact that He knows the number of hairs on our heads. He keeps a record of our every word, deed, thought, and prayer.
What’s unbelievable, what’s unimaginable, is the length He’s gone to in order to save us. While we were rejecting Him, denying His existence, and breaking His commands, He was working all things together throughout history to make a way for us to be saved.
He became flesh. He dwelt with His creation. He went to the cross, suffered, and died willingly. He freely offers eternal life to all who will trust in Him.
To show us how much He cares He gave us a name by which we could be saved. The name of Jesus. We can call on Him personally. By name. It’s more than we could have imagined.
We know we’ll live in the light of His presence for all of eternity. That we’ll worship Him for all of eternity. We know those who deny Him will suffer for all of eternity. We know He’s commanded us to give our lives to Him and for Him.
Yet we live as if knowing Him is a common thing. We live as if it’s no big deal. We’re concerned about our pleasures, our pains, our careers, and the cares of this world. We have little concern for spiritual matters. The time we spend serving God reflects a fraction of one day a week.
I can only describe this as insanity. To know what we know and live how we live. People call the religiously zealot insane. Those who claim to know the truth about eternal life yet live for temporal things are the ones who are mentally ill, or more properly they’re spiritually ill.
The Word of God requires much more than we’re giving. We’re constantly seeking teachers who’ll make us feel better about our rejection of the truth. We put our fingers in our ears and close our eyes when confronted with the truth.
Wake up. Grow up. Life is short. Repent. We’re going to be held accountable. Our rewards, or our consequences, will be eternal. What don’t we get? Why don’t we understand?
God deserves and demands all of you. When you fail repent and try again, and again, and again… He won’t ever give up on you.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.(Matthew 16:24)
Pray without ceasing.
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.(Colossians 3:2)
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-31)
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. (2 Timothy 2:4)
Who will render to every man according to his deeds: (Romans 2:6)
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
(2 Corinthians 13:5)
18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
If ye love me, keep my commandments.