The day my life became clear
Have you ever wanted a second chance? I know that I have. When I was 20 years old, my life was all about myself. I wasn’t interested in doing anything for anyone else. I certainly didn’t have a relationship with God. My life was completely wrapped up in myself. I didn’t really care about other people and their needs. I didn’t have any need for a relationship with God. He wasn’t even on my radar, because I was too busy pursuing my own selfish interests.
What’s amazing is, as I look back I realize that God was at work in my life, even then. It was as if wherever I went there were people in my life that were sharing God’s love with me. My boss, my parents and even some of my friends were telling me about the Lord. They were all telling me something that I never understood before… God loves me. It was the first time in my life that I had heard and understood that God wants a relationship with me. I realized that I was a sinner and had no hope in my life apart from Jesus. I came to know Christ on New Year’s Eve almost fifteen years ago. It was then that for the first time in my life I had a clear picture of who God was.
God gives second chances
God makes all things new, “…Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5 (ESV) Regardless of what you have done in your past, God offers you a second chance. He offers this second chance through his Son, Jesus Christ. It is a gift from God and all you have to do is receive it. There is nothing that you can do to earn God’s love or salvation. Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). Only he can offer you new life and a true second chance.
The second chance that God offers you does not guarantee you success, money, or fame. It doesn’t really guarantee anything other than eternal life with God, but what a gift that is. Your life will change. God has a unique purpose for you and that purpose will become more clear to you as you grow in your relationship with him.
What do you do now?
If you have a pulse, you are a sinner. You are in dire need of a savior. Ask God to forgive you for your sins. Ask him to save you. Romans 10:9 declares that “…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”. Trust in God and let him direct you and the things that you say and do. Accept God’s gift to you and allow him to do a marvelous work in your life. You may already consider yourself a good person, but like everyone else you have fallen short of perfection. God will change you in a mighty way if you let him.
As you look forward to the upcoming new year, remember that God loves you. Make a decision for Jesus. It’s the most permanent change you can make. He offers you a second chance. He makes all things new.
Jesus is His Name and Salvation is His Game
There is a God! His name is Jesus. He always has been and always will be. He has no beginning and He has no end. His story has given hope to people around the world for thousands of years. He gave inspiration to flawed men in order to write an infallible book. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;” 2 Timothy 3:16 (NASB) The Bible is God’s revealed word and it reveals the hope of the world to millions of people across the world. He is just, righteous, pure, holy, perfect, glorious, and loving. He is the king of kings!
His word tells us that he came to earth in order to seek and save the lost. He entered the world as a baby and left it in sacrifice for the sins of the world. He was 100 percent man and 100 percent God. He lived a sinless life, healed the sick, fed the hungry, gave sight to the blind, and spent time with those whom others would not. He gave hope to those who had none. He obeyed his father, even to the point of dying on the cross.
It’s been over 2,000 years since Jesus came to earth and no one has been able to disprove his life. He is real! His accusers could not keep him from the ultimate sacrifice. The grave could not hold him. He is risen. He has kept his promises. There are more promises yet to fulfill and those he will also keep.
Accept Jesus as your savior this Christmas
You have an opportunity this Christmas to receive the best gift anyone has ever given. Receive God’s love for you and accept Jesus as your savior. You will be rewarded eternally. There is so much hope in having a relationship with the God of the universe. If you are lost then let him find you and allow him to save you. There is great relief in believing and trusting in someone greater than yourself – the God of the universe.
You are not alone. If you cannot hear his voice, then start listening. If you cannot see him, then start looking. His creation demonstrates his existence. Take the gift of a lifetime this Christmas by accepting Jesus as your savior. Give your life to God and let him do his good works in and through you, “…for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Romans 10:10
Share the gift with someone else
If you are saved then share this gift of a lifetime with someone else. The faith that you have can be applied in so many ways, but one of the greatest ways to live out your faith is by sharing God’s love with others. Let your light shine this Christmas and give praise to your heavenly father. Allow your friends to see the good work that God has done in your life. “Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.” Romans 10:1
Christmas is about Christ. Make a decision for Christ this Christmas. It is the gift of a lifetime. Have you already received Jesus as your savior? If not, will you accept the gift of eternal life this Christmas?
Did God overlook Government?
Christians have varying opinions about the role of government. Some Christians are generally concerned about government, although more and more Christians seem to believe that God is not all that interested in government. It seems as though there is a prevailing thought growing in the church that government doesn’t really matter. It’s likely that there are many reasons for that line of thinking among believers.
It may be that Christians don’t believe they have time for being concerned with government. It’s possible that some Christians feel like they have no voice or that it doesn’t do any good to care. There are some that believe Jesus is going to return soon, so our government doesn’t really matter. Christians give various reasons for not caring about government and some of those include the following…
- Christians shouldn’t be involved in government, because Jesus didn’t participate in politics while He was on earth.
- Jesus said that His kingdom is not of this world.
- All Christians should do is share the gospel.
God Established Government
The Bible clearly demonstrates that government is important to God. Romans 13:1 tells us that “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” Believers are subject to their governing authorities second only to God. Government was established by God and there is a specific purpose for government.
We learn in Romans 13:4 that government’s purpose is for our welfare, “…for it is a minister of God to you for good”. Good is not an arbitrary word that changes meaning based on whatever the government or the people decide. Good is what God considers good. God can work all things to His glory, but that doesn’t mean that whatever government does is good. Corrupt government is in opposition to God’s Word. He clearly established government for our good and not for evil.
God cares about government because He established it for His creation. He is the king of kings. “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9:6
But why should I care?
As Christians we have compartmentalized government into a box that we prefer to push aside. Instead, maybe we should make time for government since God did. Jesus told us that He will return, but He didn’t tell us when that would be. “But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” Mark 13:32
During His time on earth Jesus constantly talked about His kingdom, which is the only perfect government. Is it possible that the reason Jesus didn’t become an earthly king was because He was already king? By not setting up an earthly throne Jesus allowed free will for mankind to follow His standards for government. Maybe it was less about Jesus not being concerned with politics and more about His desire to give us a chance to honor him with our lives in government.
God never told believers to only share the gospel. He certainly told us to share the gospel, but since when does sharing the gospel mean avoiding an interest in government? Believers should be encouraged to share the gospel verbally and let God’s light shine through good works that He has prepared for us. The bible demonstrates that sharing the gospel with others is what believers should be focused on more than anything else, but that should never exclude caring about standards that God established. Christians should live out the Christian walk in government and politics instead of avoiding or ignoring them. Scripture tells believers to pray for our leaders. We should pray that our leaders will know and obey God.
How high of a priority is government to you? Is it something that you value or care about?