The most important thing you’ll ever do…

I would like for you to think for a moment: What is the most important thing you’ll ever do?

Don’t read further until you answer the question.

Now, if I may, I would like to respond to one popular answer to that question.

Some may say that getting saved is the most important thing, accepting Jesus into your life. I agree that this is VERY IMPORTANT. However, I’d like to explain WHY it’s not the most important thing you should do.

First of all, accepting Jesus into your life allows you to participate with other Christians and receive eternal life with Jesus in Heaven. This is great! However, you have “done” nothing to earn that Salvation. Most religions require you to “do” something in return for salvation – whether it be baptism, working hard for God’s kingdom, conducting sacraments, yoga, sacrifices, etc.

However, the Bible, the true word of God tells us we must simple believe in Him:

John 6:28-29, 40 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”  . . .  For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

This supports the common passage that many know by heart:

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Simply put, you must “do” nothing. You make a decision to accept Him and believe in Him. Nothing you do will earn you Salvation.

Ok, so there are some of you that say, “making a decision is doing something.” For those of you, I still challenge that this decision is NOT the most important thing you should ever do in your life.

So what is the most important thing? Most TV programs would go to commercial right about now – similarly, I’m going to hold the answer until Sunday. Come back then for the answer.

to be continued…

sin, sin, sin – go away

“I have heard of people set free from addiction after a single prayer. But it was not like that for me. For all that ‘I was lost, I am found,’ it is probably more accurate to say, ‘I was really lost, I am little less so at the moment.'” – Bono of the rock band U2

Is that how you feel? Many people don’t truly understand that Jesus sets us free of our sin(s). Romans 7:19, which quotes Paul – a leader in early church days says:

For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evile that I do not want to do.

Paul is telling us that even he, the great leader that he was, struggled with sin. But there is good news, even for the sinner:

Who will rescue me from this body of death?

I thank God the answer is Jesus Christ. – Romans 7:24-25

Even though our bodies are full of sin, Jesus died for us so that we would not have to endure suffering any more. Paul continues in chapter 8 saying:

Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. – Romans 8:1

It’s that simple. Jesus sets us free. Now, if you are still relying on your own understanding then, you must return to Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding

Trust in Him today to save you from sin. He will set you free!

Where is love?

According to John 1: 17

God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.

I initially began this blog with the intention of asking people to Stop being “RELIGIOUS,” and to start living a life that displayed a true personal relationship with Jesus.

I looked up the definition of religion and found:

a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/religion)

If religion is merely a set of beliefs that “usually” involves devotions and “rituals” then we have totally missed the point! God showed us His love in order that we might show His love. A recent church message board said “Christians should be the windows that the light of Jesus may shine through.”

God’s love was given in order that we might have life. But unfortunately, many of us enjoy that love only on Sunday, and then wake up Monday as if we never knew God. We start our week with the “gloom and doom” Monday morning face and tell everybody at work how we wish it was Friday.

Why not have a change of heart this week and show the love of Jesus! Let His light shine through you. Be positive and let people know how happy you are to know Jesus and share His love with others.    …Sure, it’s Monday, but that gives you 5 days to share His love with your co-workers. Saturday we can rest, and then on Sunday we can re-fill our hearts again. For those who know best, you’ll also get your heart “topped off” with His love on Wednesday night at church. 

You see, the more heart (love) you give during the week, the more you’ll come back to get.  Share your friendship with Jesus with others around you. There’s plenty of Jesus to go around!

Stop being religious, and start showing His love. God never says that X or Y religion can save you, but He does mention how Jesus can save you!

And whatever you do…

“And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:11

Some people do not declare Jesus to be the Son of God. Although Scriptures refer to Jesus directly as the “only begotten Son of God,” they still don’t believe it. As the passage above shows, we should be honoring God in all that we do, and as we give thanks we should do it “through Jesus.” Jesus is our intercessor – the one whom allows us access to God.

Prior to Jesus being crucified on the cross, the high priest had to go annually,  and present a sacrifice to God in the “most holy place” in the temple. He was the only one allowed access to this room to present the offering to God. When Jesus died, the veil in the temple to the most holy place was torn from top to bottom, signifying that we now had access directly to God through the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus paid on the cross as the Son of God.

Jesus provided the new means through which we now can access what God offers. It is through belief in Jesus that we have Salvation.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

So, how important is Jesus to you? To me, I believe in Him as the Son of God, and one day in the future I will get to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.