Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

(C) Allen Pearson

"For God so loved
the world,
that He gave His only Son,
that whoever believes
in Him should not perish
but have eternal life."

- John 3:16, ESV

I am thankful for the fact that spending eternity in Heaven isn't a complicated process or decision. As I've gone through life, I've learned how you have to go through this or do that or pass this and that to achieve or obtain things in this life. 

As an example, to get your driver's license, if you are still in school you take driver's education classes or find a local business to help you. Your parents, or maybe an adult, teach you "behind-the-wheel" along with the classes. Once you reach the right age and have gone through the classes and training, you go to the local Department of Motor Vehicles to take your driving test. If you pass it all, wonders upon wonders, you get the coveted driver's license you have worked so hard to receive.  This process takes more than a day or two, or even a few weeks, more like several months.

God's love for you and His desire for you to spend eternity with Him is as simple as accepting, believing and confessing. 

If you would like to accept Christ's awesome gift to us, the Gift of Salvation- eternal life, please read and pray through the following-

Admit that you are a sinner, just like everyone else born into this world, until we confess to Jesus Christ and ask His forgiveness:

"(23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (24) and are justified 
by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
- Romans 3:23-24, ESV

"(23) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Romans 6:23, ESV

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ:

(16) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him 
should not perish but have eternal life."
 - John 3:16, ESV 

Confess your sins in a prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ:

(9) "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. "
- Romans 10:9, ESV

(13) For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 
- Romans 10:13, ESV

"Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. 
I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation 
and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. 
Jesus, come into my life and take control, 
forgive my sins and save me. I place my trust in You alone
for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life."

Now, you're a Christian - Welcome to the family. So, what's next-

  • Find believers (Christians) to fellowship with.
  • Get baptized.
  • Read the Book of John.
  • Get in a Bible Study.
  • Daily: Pray and read the Bible
  • Find a Mentor
  • Learn how to Pray
  • If you find yourself asking "Why am I not perfect" or "Why am I still doing wrong things?" Be sure to talk with your Pastor, a Christian friend or a mentor.