LIFE: MORE THAN A HEARTBEAT
We are faced with many choices. Some are important, most are not. But sometimes we face a crossroad where our decision will determine our destination. Do you know your destination? Someday you will walk off into eternity and there will be no more wondering, looking back, or second chances. The Bible says it is appointed for man to die once, and after that to face judgment (Hebrews 9:27). You may not think about judgment much, but you should. Most of us think we’re pretty good people, so judgment won’t be a problem for us. But is that true? The Bible says no one is good (Psalm 53:3). Have you lied or stolen? Then you are in danger of judgment. Hated someone? God takes that as seriously as murder (1 John 3:15). Looked with lust? Jesus called that adultery (Matthew 5:27-28). Believed in a God of all love and no holy justice, a God who makes you feel comfortable? Then you’ve worshipped an idol (Ezekiel 14:3, Exodus 20:3-5). God’s standards are far different than ours, and the Bible says it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
But the living God is more than a just judge. He is also a loving Father, and He demonstrated His love in that while we were yet sinners (sin = rebellion against God’s authority manifested, at its core, in self-centeredness), Christ died for us. 2000 years ago God the Son took off His judge’s robes and put on human flesh (John 1:1, 14). He lived a perfect life, but was still rejected and scorned. Then He allowed himself to be nailed to a cross, and the wrath that should have been poured out on us
for our sins was poured out on Him instead (John 3:16). Then He rose from the dead, proving His power over death. He suffered and died so that we could live and have restored relationship with our Creator. He laid down His life for us and no other act of love in history even comes close (Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:4-5).
So here is your crossroad. Repent (actively turn from your sin & to Christ, Acts 3:19), trust in Christ alone for your salvation, and let His blood be the payment for your sins (Romans 5:9); or ignore Him, reject Him and pay for them yourself (Hebrews 10:26-30). Will you take the wide, smooth road of self indulgence? The journey may treat you well, or badly; but either way within 60 or 70 years it will crumble beneath you into a dark and painful eternity. Or will you choose the narrow road of faith and trust? It may be long and sometimes rough, but you will not walk it alone. Your transformation can begin now. Plus, the end is sure and the rewards eternal, and you will know the unspeakable joy of being in a right relationship with your Creator. Make the right choice, and make it soon. None of us are promised tomorrow. Make sure your life is more that a heart beat while there is still time.