Bible Ballistics: BBs #152 Life or Death, It’s Your Choice???
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Hebrews 9:27-28
Every man and woman will face God, either in death or when Jesus returns. And God has proclaimed:
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11
The question for every man, woman, boy or girl is not ‘will you bow’; because God has declared that YOU WILL BOW! The question is not if but when.
“For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Romans 14:11-12
As I pray for the people I love and care about, which includes you who are reading this, my heart breaks that so many who claim the name of Jesus, are clinging to a past ‘profession of faith’, trusting in a baptism, a church membership or any number of things, that people depend on to get them to heaven, but they have no regard for God’s Word, His Will or His ways—much less God Himself. I call you to consider God’s word.
Luke 6:45-46, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. 46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
Are your lips calling Him “Lord” yet living life as if you are “God”? Are you doing the things that God would have you do, or are you having you own way in your life? Are you so set on ‘you’/’me’ that you don’t have time for God, His Word, His service or His cross? Does your life align with God’s Word or the world’s standard? Consider Jesus’ own words:
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:22-23
Just doing good works before men isn’t what God is after either, He says:
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8:35-37
Jesus calls us to die to ourselves and find life in Him. What is the profit of your present choices? Are you walking your way or God’s? Have you truly been ‘born again’ from above? Have you been born of God and enabled to follow Him?
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Peter 1:23
Born of God—not our own sinful self!!! Are you willing to die to yourself and receive life in Jesus? To be born again of the Spirit of God? Or will you live you own life your own way and die for eternity? Only you can decide.
So??? Here’s our shot for today!
“For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?” Luke 9:25
The choice is YOURS!!! Gain or loss? Hell’s hot and eternity is long. We only have today—tomorrow is not guaranteed. Won’t you make your choice for Jesus today, and live life with Jesus now and into forever? I’d love to know if you make a commitment to Jesus. And if we know Him, let’s be spreading the ‘Good News’!!! Get in the Word so you can!