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The baseball playoff season is well underway. This exciting series of games leading up to the World Series pits the best teams of Major League Baseball against each other. The playoffs begin with the eight best teams in the league competing against each other for division titles. After each series of five games, one team is eliminated. Soon, there are only two teams left to compete against each other in the World Series, and only one can win. Costly mistakes and team disunity can cost a team a spot in the playoffs and a chance to compete for the World Series.

In a way, the baseball playoffs reflect a lot about life. We are in competition with ourselves, and sometimes against others, to do what is right in life. We aim to live good and upstanding lives, but just like a baseball team, mistakes can cost us a lot.

In fact, in God’s economy, mistakes, which God calls sins, can cost us the chance of our entrance into Heaven. Because of our tendency to sin, we are often eliminated from receiving the greatest prize in all the world — eternal life and a home in Heaven with God.

However, because God loves us, He does not want us to miss out on such a valuable prize. That is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins — taking the punishment that we deserve. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

It is God’s desire for us to live happy and fulfilled lives on earth that will ultimately translate into eternal life in Heaven. However, we can only have eternal life if we accept Jesus Christ’s invitation to begin a relationship with God by receiving Him into our lives by faith. When we do this, we can be saved from our sins and from the consequences of sin and we can allow God to make the changes that need to made in our lives so that we can live right. Jesus Christ said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” There is no other way to receive these blessings from God except through His Son Jesus Christ.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you accept Jesus Christ into your heart, you will begin a relationship with God that will last for eternity. If you want to begin your relationship with God through Jesus Christ right now, you can pray something like this to let God know about your decision:

Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!