Don’t Let It Be All for Nothing
Resurrection Sunday might only be celebrated on the calendar one time a year……..but, is that what He intended? If you understand the depth of His sacrifice, you realize that one day out of 365 glorious gifted mornings, is just not sufficient.
If you have been a Christian for a while now, you have read or at least heard of this bible verse:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16, NKJV
This incredible gift, although priceless to you, came with a price for Jesus. God had always intended to have a personal relationship with us; however, it was severed by Adam and Eve’s original sin. Through His enormous love for us, by sacrificing His only Son, we are gifted eternal life if we exclusively trust in Christ and acknowledge that He is the only way to restore our relationship and to cancel out our sin.
In this very brief life, to find true peace, fulfillment and live a purpose-driven life, you will find that it is only accomplished through a relationship with Jesus. Only through God’s Son can we be delivered from sin and its consequences.
Listen to these beautiful words from a song by Big Daddy Weave, entitled, “Your Love Changes Everything”:
Keep Resurrection Sunday in your heart every day, seven days a week and twelve months a year; shout it on the roof tops and show others what He has done in your life. Simply telling someone about Jesus does not have the impact as it does when they see Jesus working in your life. If they can’t witness the benefit, then how will they want it? If you take a medication for a certain ailment, and it doesn’t work or you don’t see improvements, then you would logically stop taking it.
Others might ask you (or simply just wonder, if they are not bold enough to ask) why are Christians so adamant in telling others to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior? What is the big deal? It’s about eternal life versus death and the urgency of making this choice before it’s too late. It’s because He loves you, because He loves all of us and His Son did not die for nothing.
So I press upon you, work on strengthening your faith, your trust and your relationship with Jesus; live a life that He would be proud of. Build your foundation so strong that you will not topple over when the wind blows. The more you know Him, the more you will feel confident in sharing what He offers.
In another soul-stirring song (“This House”) that I listen to as I do chores in my house, Ann Wilson, reminds us in the chorus that if your life isn’t based on the Word of the Lord, your house (life) will not stand. If your house doesn’t stand, then how do you invite anyone over?
You could lay bricks, you could dig a foundation You could build up 10,000 feet tall But if it don't stand on the Word of the Lord This house gonna fall You could put a cross right up on the steeple You could stain glass on every wall But if it don't stand on the Word of the Lord This house gonna fall
As I close this week’s blog, I recall the urgency and passion in Pastor Diego’s voice each time his appeal went out to the congregation at his church in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. (This is a church I found respite in while I was caring for my terminally ill parents). It went like this:
You are one germ, one virus, one accident or mishap away from heaven’s gate or hell’s door. Tomorrow is not promised to any single one of us. Be ready and know where you are going. Ask Him to take control of your life and to be your Lord and Savior.
Don’t let Jesus’ suffering and sacrifice be for nothing!
Through God’s Grace, Blessings, Love, and Prayers,