Updated: Aug 22, 2019
The bible says our life is like a flower that is here today and gone tomorrow. When I was a child, I would anxiously wait for Christmas. Time would crawl at a turtle's pace and I would wish that I could somehow speed up time. Days turned into years, and as I became an adult – I found that time began to move faster. As my responsibilities grew - paying bills, and raising kids - it seemed there was never enough time in each day to get things done and before I knew it, each day passed more and more quickly.
Now that I am in the later part of my life, I look back and think, where did my life go? It has passed by so quickly! It's not hard to see the truth in James 4:14 For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
After we die, our soul will go into our eternal destination. Some will spend everlasting life in heaven and some will spend everlasting life in hell. The bible says that hell was never created for man, it was created for the fallen angels who rebelled against God. Unfortunately, man joined in this rebellion against God's ways in the garden of Eden and hell became the eternal dwelling place of men who had joined themselves with sin. We all have rebelled in our hearts against God. Even those who try to do good will never achieve the perfection of God. Romans 3:23 tells us that we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
The thought of living in a place full of love and joy without any sadness, sickness, fear or despair sounds great. We love the idea of a place of safety where the streets are made of gold, the colors are brilliant and the atmosphere is gloriously intoxicating – fully reunited with our loved ones who have passed away and we are never to be misunderstood or mistreated again. It is the perfect gated community and the reason this is a place of perfection is because the glory of God permeates all life there and sin is not allowed in this great place to contaminate it.
If God allowed sin in heaven, it would no longer be heaven – it would only be another version of sinful earth. A place where the unfaithful walk in deception deceiving themselves and others – a place where safety is not guaranteed and danger is as tangible as walking alone in a dark alley at night. So, in our hearts, we all long for this Utopian city – but in our lives we are walking in the very sins and weaknesses that will keep us out. Often, we find our sins have made us feel more at home with the kingdom of darkness rather than the kingdom light.
It is documented in the bible that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). The same way you work on your job and for your wages you receive a paycheck at the end of the week.... If you sin, the wages of that sin is death and separation from God, in this life and in the eternal life to come. The bible tells us none of us are righteous (Romans 3:10) and those who think they do not have any sin have deceived themselves (1 John 1:18) so, naturally speaking, going to heaven would be impossible for any of us. However, God loved us so much that He provided a way for us to be cleansed from our sin and He paid the payment for our sin through His Son – Jesus.
I used to teach children's class and I love this example: Let's say you deserve a spanking.... oh wait, that is from the old days. Here is the millenial version: Let's say you deserve to sit in time out for doing wrong, but I love you so much I don't want to see you suffer sitting there alone... I might want to sit in time out and take your punishment for you - but I can't do it because I am already sitting in the naughty chair for my own bad behavior. God sent His Son that had never sinned to actually become sin and take our punishment for us.
Jesus didn't have a human father. His Father was God in heaven so He was fully God but He was also fully human, so He can relate to our temptations and sufferings. The bible says He came to earth to destroy the works of the devil. He died on the cross, shedding His blood, paying the price of death for our sin. On the 3rd day, He was resurrected from the dead, victorious over sin and holding the keys to death, hell and the grave! He now sits at the right hand of the Father and makes intercession for us – as our friend and Savior.
In America, it would seem we are bombarded with Jesus. Schools close down for weeks to celebrate His birth. During the spring we celebrate His resurrection. His birth even caused a re-set of time – the time that was before His birth is known as BC and the time after His death know as AD. We have a church on every corner. Every un-evangelized country that has been steeped in witchcraft and demonic oppression receive missionaries with gratefulness – seeing that Jesus provides a way of escape from evil. But in America, we have made Jesus so common, we have even made him our cuss word and easily reject Him without even realizing what a great salvation we are rejecting.
John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”
Romans 10:9,10 says “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation".
Our heart is our inner man - the part of us that calls out to God. If anyone has a belief in Jesus for salvation that doesn't lead them into the path of righteousness, they have deceived themselves and have only believed in the existence of Jesus with their mind – similar to the way that we believe George Washington existed or how the bible says the demons also believe there is a God. But when we trust and believe in Jesus from our inner man – just as a child trusts his parents – our faith is activated to receive the free gift of salvation and righteousness!
Ephesians 2:8,9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
The bible says the angels in heaven rejoice when a sinner repents (pivots) and turns to the Lord! We become a new creation in Christ Jesus when we are born again into this new life.
Remember friend, our lives are only a vapor here on earth and time is moving along very quickly. There is no promise for a tomorrow for anyone. Even if your sins are red as crimson, He can wash them white as snow - Let's receive this free gift of salvation today!
Teresa Kelton is a teacher, author and minister. She is the founder of Daughters of Zion - Ellis County and loves to see women find their place and purpose in God's Kingdom.
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