Years ago a friend invited me to Bible study. I said, “No thanks, I’m not interested.”
She persisted. “We’ll get lunch afterward and we’ll have a good time! I’ll be at your house at 8:30 tomorrow, so be ready!”
I thought to myself, “She’s becoming obnoxious!” I said, “I am not going!”
The next morning she was at my house at 8:30! I was grumbling but I went. Sometimes persistence can be good. It was during the second week of this Bible study that I learned about God’s love and forgiveness for the first time in my life, and I fell in love with God.
I learned the most basic teaching in the Bible is that God loves us, even though we are ALL sinners. It does not matter who has sinned the most or the least. The Bible says if we’re guilty of only one sin, we are not clean enough to enter heaven.
Next I learned what sin is. Sin is not simply robbing a bank or committing murder, it’s deeper. Sin is living our lives independent of God’s control. Sin is an attitude of rebellion toward God, by saying “I will live my life—my good citizen life—my way. That is what I had been doing.
I still remember my initial reaction when I learned Jesus had paid the full price for my past and even my future sins. He was willing to forgive me and I would not have to endure hell or pay for any of my sins in any way. I thought I was hearing things! This was astonishing news!
Jesus wanted to be my Savior and my Lord. It was easy to take Jesus as my Savior. It would cost me nothing. Actually, it’s priceless. We all want to know our sins are forever forgiven. We all want to know we have a free pass to heaven.
Yet it was different to make Jesus Lord of my life. That would not be so easy—it would cost. I learned the word repent means to turn around and go the other way. I would have to step off the wide road of life and start walking the narrow road. There would have to be change.
Jesus once talked about the two roads in life: The wide road has many people on it, yet it leads to destruction. The narrow road leads to life, but He said, “only a few find it.” Only a few!
I realize now that we all start out in life on the wide road, because we all have that tendency to sin. If we truly desire to follow Jesus and someday end up in heaven, we must get off the wide road. We must turn around and go the other way. We must follow Jesus.
- 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. Matthew 7:13-14
- They went out and preached that people should repent. Mark 6:12
- For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
- For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. James 2:10
- SONG: INTO THE LIGHT – By Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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