“There was a day when I died; died to self, my opinions, preferences, tastes and will; died to the world, its approval or censure; died to the approval or blame even of my brethren or friends; and since then I have studied only to show myself approved unto God. “ George Muller
Sounds painful, doesn’t it?
In some cases it is. But when the love of Christ penetrates your soul and the grace of God envelopes your heart, the pain becomes a mere distraction that soon dissipates into a million words of praise to our Great God. You see, the grace and love of God is such a mystery. How could a God who hates sin, love someone as sinful as me? And He doesn’t just love me in a way that you love a friend… No, He loves with an unconditional love.
But praise the Lord as it is written in Romans 5:8 that even though we were still sinners, Jesus Christ died for us. He took on the sin, guilt and shame of us while we were still mocking him and wanting to kill him. We were His enemies and He loved us to the extent of dying to give us a way to Him.
Recognizing that we are sinners in need of a Savior is what the gospel is all about. Romans 6:23 states that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. As we live in sin and deny Jesus Christ, we are working towards death, hell. We are working towards an eternity of pain and punishment. But praise God that He has now made a way to eternal freedom of pain and tears. It was through His son Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection that we can now choose a life with Christ. The gap between us and God has been brought together. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have ever lasting life.”
In order to receive that eternal life we must now have faith in him. Romans 10:9 states that if we confess with our mouths that “Jesus Christ is Lord” and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. He continues in verse 13 of the same chapter, “all who call upon the Lord will be saved.”
Have you called out to Him today? If you have, Romans 8:1 states that, “there is therefore now NO condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” You are now forgiven! You are now free from spiritual death. Now give God your life. Let Him change you from the inside out.
If you haven’t called out to Him, what better time than now? We aren’t promised tomorrow. Our lives are like a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow. He loves you and he wants your heart today. Will you accept Him today? Would you join me in glorifying our Great God?