My prayer for all of those who might read this is that as we walk through our day tomorrow we might have a better perspective on the life we have been given and the life we are able to live because our parents chose life for us. More importantly, I also believe that we are absolutely unable to fully understand the blessing of the life we live today, unless we understand the TRUE Life that we are offered through Jesus Christ, God’s only Son.
1 John 5:12-13 tells us, “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.”
Make no mistake Scripture teaches plainly that without the Son (Jesus Christ) we are like Dead men walking. We look alive and well as we live out our days here in this world, but death is coming…last I checked the mortality rate of humanity was still at 100%. Once we breath our last in this life, the grave is not the end. If so scripture would be lying to us and eternal life is just a dream. Each and every one of us have one opportunity to get it right in this life and from the point of conception we begin dying. In other words our days are numbered and there is so much work to get done, in such a short amount of time.
Time is short, I know it seems like we have eternity when we are young–er, but James reminds us that this life, well it is just a vapor, a mist that is here and gone in an instant. Even Solomon, the wisest man this world has ever known tells us this life is but a shadow. My point is that many of us believe we have all the time in the world to get eternity, and that kind of gamble…well its like grabbing for fog…it sure looks good, but it is impossible to grasp.
Many of those who will fill the pews in churches across America this Sunday are living this kind of life. They want True Life, they want the assurance of eternity, but they don’t want to pay the price that God requires. Oh Oh…”pay the price…” that can’t be…My Bible tells me eternal life is a free gift! All I have to do is pray this little prayer, walk down to the front of the church and sign a card, and “poof” I’m good to go! I like that kind of salvation! Doesn’t cost me anything, and just like the Good Book says, its free.
Well, your right, it is free. As a matter of fact Paul used those words “free gift” 12 times in Romans. Romans 6:23 which most of us know and can quote freely tells us, “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Maybe scripture can explain what I mean by “those who are not willing to pay the price God requires…”
John 5:39-40 says, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.”
Jesus’ words should wake us up out of our complacency and sleep! Oh we will go to church on Sunday, we will sing the songs and we will drop some money in the offering plate and somehow feel satisfied as we struggle to concentrate as the pastor drones on, silently anticipating lunch, and who we will go eat with, or who might ask us to go eat with them. Then we will leave the church, and silently return to the life we choose to live, not the life God desires for us to live. The entire book of Amos has a sad commentary on this very kind of lifestyle.
The Northern Kingdom truly believed that just because they went to “Bethel” (House of God) and sang songs, and offered sacrifices to God that he was pleased with them, and furthermore that he had to be pleased with them because they were Hebrews, and therefore God would never destroy them. Oh how horribly wrong they were. God so despised what they called “Service” because what they were doing on “Sunday” looked nothing like what they were doing every other day of the week! As a matter of fact, by the time we get to Hosea, less than 30 years later, their place of worship is no longer called Bethel, but instead the prophet calls it “Beth-aven” or (House of vanity, house of nothing).
True “Service,” true “Worship” is living a life of holiness and godliness Monday through Saturday, not just Sunday morning from 11:00-12:00. That is what “Sanctity” really means. Sanctity of Life therefore is choosing to live a life of “holy character” every day. But just like Amos, John 5:39-40 paints a vivid picture of the failure of so many today who profess to be Christians. You search the Scriptures because you think in doing it, that it makes you a Christian…“yet You refuse to come to me…”
You see the price that is required? Yes grace exists for us when we fail, and all of us will fall from time to time. No one is perfect in this life. But think about this, if you fall, make sure that you fall looking at the face of Him who died so that you might live. Falling forward into the arms of Christ, well it happens from time to time. Falling backwards away from Christ, because we were looking at the world behind us, well that is not good. Hebrews 12:2 tells us we can live a Sanctified Life if we “fix our eyes on Jesus…”
I urge you this week as you seek to live out your Christian faith, Fix your eyes on Jesus and him alone, because he paid the price required to purchase you out of death, and then do pick up your Bible and read. John tells us one last time why we need to read God’s words…
John 20:31 “but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
Study to know Him,