Last week one of the cousins I was closest to growing up died. He and I were pretty tight and we did a lot of things together. Some good and some not so good. He was the best man at my wedding. He was a guy I thought I knew but when I moved away to work in southeast Idaho in the mid-1970s and returned 11 years later, I found he was really a different guy altogether. He made some life changing decisions were not healthy for him, his marriage, his immediate family and extended family.
Without going into the gory details, he was one of the most talented carpenters I knew. His work could have considered art in many cases. He initially had a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and then threw it all away one decision at a time to partake in a life of alcohol abuse, hard drugs and violence. He had so much potential. The change didn't happen overnight. It was a gradual process of one decision after another.
He and I talked about the personal demons he confronted. I could see the pain in his eyes when he shared he didn't know why he did the things he did. Unfortunately instead of sticking it out in the Word of God, prayer and fellowship, he succumbed to those temptations. He reverted back into religion and then in his last few years, his gods were alcohol and meth.
Each of us makes decisions that daily chart the course of our life. We either make decisions based on the inerrant Word of God or we make them out of our own selfish desires. If we continue to make decisions from our selfish desires, God will eventually allow us that which we seek. (Romans 1:18-32) and end result isn't pretty.
What decisions are you making each day that will ultimately have eternal consequences? Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? If you don't, the Word of God says you are lost and have condemned yourself to hell. God sent Jesus to save us from sin, spiritual death and ourselves. He came to give us abundant life centered on seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). When we come into a personal relationship with Him by repenting of our old way of life, confessing we are sinners and our need for Him, Jesus give us new life. He then gives the Holy Spirit to live within us and teach us how to live. He makes God's revealed word in the Bible real and alive to us. It is our manual of how God wants us to live. it is all by grace and not individual performance.
Do you want something more from life than the same old things and existence you have been doing and experiencing? If you do, then Jesus is Who you need. Everything else just tried to fill that empty hole that can never be filled except by the Lord Jesus Christ.
So dear reader, what will you choose today? Life or death? Fulfillment and joy or dissatisfaction and unrest in your soul? The choice is yours alone. Simply following your church's rules won't cut it. It is personal and stars with a personal decision of whether or not to follow Jesus. I can tell you this-- God's way is the best way. It often isn't the easiest way but it is the best with the greatest rewards in both this life and the next.
(PS: The ebook formatting has been approved and should be on the order page this week, depending on mys schedule. Print books are due to roll off the presses either this week or next. I'm getting excited!)