Glad you are here. I hope your visit will be one that when you leave, you will say, "Boy, I'm glad I stopped by here."
I'm now seventy years old, and I want you to see a statement that is true, and one we don't give much consideration to as we journey through this life. It is one that each one of us must face when we come to the end of this life's journey. My purpose for writing this is to encourage those who have never given it much thought, to consider making a choice now while there is still time to do so. The statement reads as follows:
THE END OF YOUR LIFE, IS NOT THE END OF YOUR LIFE.
All of us have found that life is full of choices. Almost every way we turn, we are having to make a choice. Some of the things we choose is what job vocation shall I choose? Do we marry now or wait till we think it is the right time? What kind of house can we afford? All are choices we have to make as we journey through this life.
All your life you've heard the old saying that two things are definitely going to happen in your lifetime. Death and taxes. I'm sure at sometime along the way, all of us have experienced the loss of a loved one. A father or mother, a sister or brother or maybe a friend or teacher with whom we thought very highly. It is a fact that taxes are still around and going higher. You and I are still around and still making those choices day after day. One of the GREATEST!!! choices anyone will ever make will be the choice that will determine his or her eternal destiny. Everyone who has ever been born will spend eternity somewhere. The GREATEST!!! choice a person can make is choosing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. My friend, when you do that your eternal destiny is already settled. No one can make the choice for you, it must be a personal choice of your own choosing. For those who reject him, all eternal damnation will be passed upon them. I was there before I found the Lord. You see, I was already spiritually dead before I found Christ. I had nothing to look forward to before, but now, I have everything to look forward to.
Before I accepted Christ, I had the feeling I was not good enough to even go to church. I was trying to find peace and happiness in the things around me. Little did I know then that there was an evil force working against me. Satin, the prince of this world, according to the bible, was throwing his influence in my direction, and I was eating it up. I was trying to thrive on the pleasures around me and find my happiness in them. I want to tell you, I was one miserable human being.
One Sunday, about forty six years ago, my mother, who never missed a church service unless she didn't have a way to get there, asked me that Sunday to take her. Like any other son, who loved his mother, I took her. The people seemed to be in a joyful mood that day, singing, praising, praying and listening to the preacher read out of the bible. When he finished reading the scriptures, he began to explain what the scriptures were saying. He said to remember that all scripture was inspired by God and given to certain people down through the ages to write it down as God impressed it upon their minds. What is written in the scriptures is the only perfect truth that can be found in the world today. You see, God is the author and God is love and God is truth. It is still the most sought after book, selling more copies each year than any other book. Why? People are searching for truth. Kings and Emporers have tried to destroy the bible, so they could control the minds of the people. But the truth keeps marching on. God himself said that this world may pass away, but my word shall never pass away.
Then the preacher began to tell how that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, took my sins, and your sins and the sins of the whole human race upon himself and shed his precious blood and died for everyone of those sins past, present and future, that we might live. You see, it took the sacrifice of one who never knew any kind of sin. He was perfect in every way, and the blood that flowed through the veins of Jesus Christ was pure, not a blemish was found in him, and he was the only one worthy to be the sacrificial lamb of God. Jesus is sometimes called the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. He paid yours and my sin debt in full that day on the cross.
In God the Father's eyes, we were justified as though we had never sinned. Why? Jesus took upon himself the sin debt of every person who has ever lived and paid their sin debt in full. There is nothing we can do to earn salvation in our own ways. You can't be good enough, thinking your goodness will cancel out the sins you have committed.When God, in eternity past, knew that one day, the blood of his son would flow from Calvary's cross, that this would allow him to extend his grace down to fallen man. Now man has a chance to escape his downridden condition, and when he hears the gospel taught and his faith is built up to the point that he can believe, then God's grace and man's faith meet there at the cross through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: v.9 Not of works lest any man should boast.
I felt so bad before I heard that because I thought I had sinned against God so much that there wasn't a chance for me to even make a choice about Jesus Christ. I thought I had already lost it. When I heard that my sins were not the issue in this life, then what is the issue I asked? JESUS CHRIST!!! IS THE ISSUE. The choice we make about Jesus Christ will determine our eternal destiny. Not only that, but choosing Christ brings the Holy Spirit into your life and helps you deal with your sins. Choosing Christ allows the Holy Spirit to put a seal around you that even Satin himself can't break. You are sealed forever. One of the more familiar scriptures in the bible is John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. V.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. V>18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. It was the latter part of v.18 that pointed out my condition as it pertained to Christ. I was already condemned, because I had not made that choice about accepting Christ.
There was no hesitation on my part. At the end of the service I didn't know exactly what I must do to be saved, but I said in my own mind, Lord, I'm not much and I have nothing to offer to you but my faith in Jesus Christ. I believe he is who he said he is, and I believe he did what he said he would do, when he died for me on the cross that day and paid my sin debt in full. I choose you to be the Lord of my life, and depend on you to guide me in the right way. Well my friend, he changed my life that day. The things I used to do, I didn't care to do anymore. I can't answer why the change came so fast, but I would like to think that Christ loosed the bond that Satin had on me. Everyday I live now is the best day of my life. I want to know more and more about Christ, and I am learning more about him. I can teach others about him now and how he can change their lives just like he changed mine back there in that little country church, the Sunday I took my mother to church.
Some two years later, I was visiting my mother, and we were discussing that day I accepted Christ. The conversation included the war years when me and my brother were both serving in the US Navy. He was the bombardier on a US Navy B25 plane. My mother told us that she prayed for us everyday during those war years. I asked her, "Mom, do you remember what time of the day it was when you prayed?" She was always an early riser from bed each morning, and she replied, "Every morning about dawn, and every night about dusk." Well my mind wandered back to those Kamikaze attacks which happened at about the same time. I believe it was the prayers of a Godly mother, that brought her two boys home, and gave them the opportunity to both hear the gospel, and to choose Christ as their Lord and Savior.
I finally found that peace and happiness I was searching for. It was the greatest choice I ever made, or ever will make in this lifetime. If you have not chosen him as your Lord and Savior, you can do that right now. Just think a simple prayer in your mind, much like I did, and he knows your heart, and you can be saved. Then go to a bible believing church next Sunday and get started in learning more about Christ. Talk to the pastor, and tell him about your decision, and he can get you started in a bible study class with people in your same age group. You'll be the winner and your eternal destiny will be settled.
Let me leave you with these verses which have meant so much in my daily living: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto your understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy path. Prov.3:5-6
I would so love to hear from you. You can e-mail me with any questions or comments you might have, and I will be prompt to reply. Thanks for spending this time with me, and may God bless you as we make our choices from day to day. Remember,
THE END OF YOUR LIFE, IS NOT THE END OF YOUR LIFE