The path to eternal life begins with Christ

Where do you stand in your relationship with Christ?  For that matter, do you have a relationship with him?  My friends, the time is here and the time is now for the days are growing shorter and if there is one certainty in your life, I pray it is a knowledge that you belong to the Savior of this world.  Everything else is temporary and will pass away.  The only reward that lives on is for those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Jesus taught on this subject in Matthew 7:12-14. There we read where a crowd had followed Jesus  as he went up on a mountainside and began to teach his disciples. He spoke of different topics but then he focused in on what it took to be saved as he said:

Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.”  

I am sure that it got their attention when he said only a FEW find it!  Jesus continued to speak  saying that a good tree will bear good fruit but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  It is a warning to  those who think they are saved but who are living  no differently than the world.  He said:

Not everyone who says to me  ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.  Away from me you evil doers’.”  Matthew 7:21-23

 The fact is that if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, your life should give evidence to a change.  You should not be able to sin as easily as before and your desire should be to follow in the leading of the Holy Spirit.  It does not mean that you won’t fall or that you will never sin, but it does mean that your heart has been changed and you have turned from the old ways of sin.  If you continue to hang out with the same lost people that you know are trouble than you will have a problem.  Without a doubt, you will be led back into the life that will be your downfall!  You will be on the wide road that leads to destruction.  You will lose everything

When you seek instead to follow Christ and to live in his light, you will receive the promise of a new life and blessings to make it through this world.  You will get the peace to know that all things will be filtered through the hands of Christ before it touches you.  You will understand that all of your problems will be used by God for your good and will make you stronger in your faith.  You will find that Christ will be with you in all of your battles.  And most important, you will know that when you die, Jesus will meet you and say, “Well done my good and faithful servant”.  You will then be a joint heir with him in heaven for eternity.  

There is always forgiveness at the cross of Jesus.  It does not matter how far you have fallen or how badly you have messed up in your life for he can and will restore you to wholeness.  Your weakness and failures can’t stop him from giving you a future with hope and a life that is worth living.  The Lord knows what you need and he knows how to give you what is good if you will trust him.  But you must want to follow him.  Let go of your past mistakes and take hold of the blessed life that will give you peace and joy.  Let your families and your children know that you now belong to Jesus.  Never again do you have to sell yourself short to the enemy.  You have been redeemed!  You matter to God and he cares for you with a love that will never end.  Start over today.  Give your life to Christ and watch and see what happens.   

Remember that you can never be so lost that Jesus cannot find you.  He knows where you are right now and he wants to give you his strength.    You are loved!

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