There is a coffee place in town that I go to once in a while. Ok… Every.Single.Day for the last 13 years. I walked in recently and overheard a conversation between a customer and two employees. The customer was telling the employees that being a Christian and going to heaven really just comes down to being “a good person.” I sat quietly as she spoke and waited patiently for her to leave. As soon as the door closed behind her, I leaned against the counter and very firmly said, “Don’t believe her!” When the employees, whom I love as family, reenact this they pretend to leap over the counter and scream. It’s a crack up and actually I may have indeed looked that passionate… AKA crazy.
It sounds like good news… you just have to be a good person, when actually that would be the worst news ever. Can you imagine? Your behavior determines where you spend eternity. I would be in trouble, for sure! We all would. One way ticket south.
So here’s the truth… the real Good News! (Brought to you through The Roman Road) This Good News is the best gift you will ever receive. Thankfully, we cannot earn it, buy it, or be good enough to receive it.
- God is perfect and Holy. For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
- But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)
- For the wages of sin is death (hell people), but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23) Jesus died in our place.
- For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 10:10&11)
- For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
Salvation is a personal relationship with Jesus. It is believing that He died on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins. He is knocking on the door of your heart. Jesus will not force himself on you but He is there with the invitation of a lifetime. He invites you to ask Him into your life. He invites you to receive the gift of eternal life. He invites you into a personal relationship where He is Lord over your life, your Savior, your Peace, your Healer, your best friend. You will never be the same.
I have shared this with people who feel that they have lived a life so terrible that somehow, they are disqualified for this gift. Here is the truth, ANYONE and EVERYONE who trusts in Him will not be put to shame. Jesus came and died for everyone. You can’t be good enough to earn this gift. Jesus took your sins to the cross with Him. Once you confess your sins and ask Jesus into your heart and life, your sins are wiped away and you are made clean. Now that’s Good News!!
If you want to ask Jesus to come into your life, forgive your sins, and begin your new life, you can say this prayer.
Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me. Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for me. I confess that I am a sinner. I repent of my sins, please forgive me. Jesus please come into my life. Thank you for my salvation. Amen
And now the angels in Heaven celebrate. I am celebrating. In this life, that can be so dark, Jesus will be your light and joy.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or to simply celebrate with you. The book of John is a great place to start in this new journey. I love you and I am so proud of you!
I want to Thank Pastor Bob Howard for inspiring me to write this as many of these words are his words. Thank you for being a faithful man of God and a Shephard to so many.