“Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it.” – C. S. Lewis
One day, when I was a boy, I took the chance. I placed all my eggs in one basket. The fate of my eternal soul, as much as I could grasp the idea, was place in the control of a Man I had never seen in person, nor had heard with my ear, but I believed loved me and died for me.
Today, as a man, I can use words I never knew back then, such as justification, atonement, and propitiation. But the simple truth that lead me to surrender my heart and soul to this Man can still be explained with simple words…words written thousands of years ago… “For God so love the world, that He gave…”
What did God give?
Do you know what a gift is? Sure you do. It is something you give to another when you care. It is something you give with no expectation of payment in return. It is best when it is something that required some sacrifice, but it was a joy to purchase. It means even more when you know the gift was something needed, but unexpected.
A gift is something that is received. I have a friend that has no more family, so for Christmas he goes out and buys things for his self, wraps them, and places them under a Christmas tree. On Christmas morning, all alone, he opens them. How sad is that? Those are not real gifts – he bought them!
According to God, as written in His Word, the Bible, eternal life is a gift. That’s right, a gift! In the letter to the Romans we read that the “gift of God is eternal life…” (Romans 6:23). God is offering it to you for the taking. He is offering it to you for free! But it wasn’t cheep. It cost Him a whole lot – it cost him his Son.
“God loved the world so much, that He gave his only begotten Son…” (John 3:16). Why did God give his Son? Well, so that you and I could be rescued from the eternal penalty we owe for our sin (breaking God’s law). Our lies, our lusts, our broken promises, you name it: all of these things are sin. Each one deserves separation from a holy God. BUT God “so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son (Jesus), that whosoever [puts his whole faith] in Him, should not perish (be separated from God), but have eternal life.”
Why did He give it?
All men and women have broken God’s law. And even though you may have not actually committed murder, or robbed a bank, or abused a child, James 2:10 (RSV) says, “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.” So, you see, we need a Savior. We need the Gift that God is offering. Won’t you accept it?
The whole verse in Romans (6:23) goes like this: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.” This is why C.S. Lewis said those words above. Eternal life is a gift, but it will not be offered indefinitely. You see, all of us will die, one day. Hebrews 9:27 says that it “is appointed unto man once to die; but after this, the judgment.” One day we must either give an account for our lawbreaking, or rest in the fact that our account has already been settled by putting our faith in Jesus.
“From death to life”
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24 NIV).
Jesus also said, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him” (John 3:36 NIV). And to those that put their faith in Jesus, he said, “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:28 NIV).
The Apostle John wrote, “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11-12 NIV).
What can I say about the greatest gift ever, especially in a thousand words or less? I can’t cover all the bases, answer every question, or defend every point – but I can offer you Jesus.
Have you been searching for meaning, for hope, for unconditional love, for eternal life? Give your life, even your eternity, to Jesus. Confess your sins to Him, repent of the things that caused Him to have to die so that you could have life, and cross over “from death to life.” For “whosoever shall call upon the name [Jesus] of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
You could even pray a prayer, in your own words, similar to this: “Dear Jesus, I believe you are God’s Son, and that you died for me, and rose again, that I might have eternal life. I know I have sinned, and I confess. I also confess that I cannot earn heaven on my own. I need You! Please take my life. I freely give it to you. Be my Lord, and my God. Amen.”
If you prayed this prayer honestly and from your heart, then I would love to hear about it! I am sure many others would love to hear about it, too! If you accepted God’s gift of eternal life, let the world know in the comment section below.
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11 responses to “Eternal Life”
Anhony ran into your blog by pure acccident and im glad i did. Keep up the good work God bless you
Thanks, Randy. I really appreciate it. I really do.
Who else is more important in this life? He is our only hope. Even through the darkest days, He is there. Thanks for reminding us.
You are welcome. Thanks for leaving a comment.
He dwells in your heart by faith because you opened the door when he knocked. 🙂 GOD BLESS YOU.
Ephesians 3:17, Revelation 3:20
Keep up the good work, I read something on Kenneth Copeland’s devotional this week. God wants us to come to unity of faith, not necessarily doctrine. While I appreciate what Abe posted, I think we all get the point. IMHO, what matters is that hearts are turned to Him, we’ll polish off the doctrine bit later…
God bless you for what you are doing and for daring to share, God must be glad He has someone like you lighting up your corner of the world for Jesus.
Thank you so much for the encouragement. I really appreciate it.
If you don’t mind, though, could I do a commercial for doctrine? Believe me, I understand where you are coming from on the topic of unity, but let me, as a pastor (the preacher in me is showing), encourage you to remember that faith without true “doctrine” can be false faith.
Take a look at the book of 1 Timothy, for example. Paul uses the word doctrine at least 8 times, even saying, “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee” (1 Timothy 4:16). False doctrine doesn’t save; it destroys.
I hope this doesn’t come across as a rebuke, for I do not intend it that way. I just feel compelled to clarify my position. As Paul told Timothy in his second letter, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears…” – 2 Timothy 4:2-3
Really, I do appreciate your thoughtful words of encouragement, and I hope you continue to visit. God bless!
Thanks for the clarification. Nooo, it definitely didn’t come across as a rebuke 🙂
I was worried…thanks
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Amen and Amen!!!!