We live in a world that is temporary. The events of each day remind us that we are living on borrowed time — that at any moment everything we know could come to a screeching halt. Every day, lives are cut short by illness, car accidents, and criminal activity. Each hour serves as a reminder that we ought to be grateful for every breath we take. The Bible says, life is just “a vapor that appeareth for a little while and then passeth away.”
Recent news reports out of the Middle East have revealed that the extremist militant group known as the Islamic State or ISIS has been destroying ancient artifacts and historical sites from the Assyrian and Babylonian empires. These two great kingdoms were world powers in their day, yet their cities lie in ruins, and, today, even the remains of those cities are being crushed and destroyed.
Scientists warn that people are using up Earth’s resources far too fast. They predict that, in the future, wars will be fought over access to dwindling water supplies. Coal and fossil fuels which are the source of electricity for the majority of the world’s population they also claim is running out. On top of that, many believe that climate change, spurred on by man-made pollution, is slowly transforming the Earth’s atmosphere and could one day radically transform land masses.
The one common denominator of our world and of human existence seems to be the fact that everything fades away in the end. Kingdoms fall. Buildings decay. Species become extinct. And, perhaps the most troubling aspect of all is that people die.
Despite evidence that seems to point to the contrary, death is unnatural. The cessation of a human life at any age was never meant to be. The reality is: we are eternal souls meant to live and enjoy a never-ending relationship with an eternal God. Death was not a part of the Creator’s original plan for you and me.
You may think that when you die, that will be the end of everything for you — you will simply cease to exist. But that is not the case. When your body dies, your spirit will separate from it and continue to live throughout eternity in one of two eternal locations — Heaven or Hell. Heaven and Hell are just as real as the city you live in. And your invisible soul is just as real as the physical body it is held in right now. In fact, it is your soul that is hearing me speak right now or reading these words right now, not your body.
Heaven, Hell, and your soul — these are things that never fade away.
Heaven is a place of eternal joy and peace. Hell is a place of eternal sadness, grief, and pain. Where we go depends on a choice that we make in life. Matthew 7:13-14 says, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction (Hell), and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life (Heaven), and few there be that find it.”
The wide, broad way is the way of earthly pleasure and sin — the things that we think will bring us happiness and satisfaction — but will eventually lead to eternal destruction in Hell. The straight and narrow way is the way of following God’s Son Jesus Christ. On this road, everything is not always easy, but the destination is eternal life in Heaven with God where we will be at peace and rest forever.
Which road will you walk? I encourage you to get on the road that will lead to eternal life while you have a chance. I encourage you to give your life to Jesus Christ — He is the only One who can ensure that you go to Heaven when you die. Allow me to share with you how you can do that today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
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 believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. 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! Congratulations 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.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!