Are you experiencing pain and hardship in your life? Do you find yourself asking why this is happening to you? Do you wonder what is the use and what it is all about?
Here's another question.
Do you love Jesus?
Sunday school answer - of course!
But I mean to ask it on a deeper, more personal level. Do you actually love Jesus? Do you know Him? Do you care about Him? Do you spend time talking to Him?
Jesus died for all of our sins. His sacrifice was the eternal payment required to pay the eternal debt owed to the eternal, holy God. However, you have to accept this payment.
Think of yourself sitting in jail and the warden called down to say that your bail had been paid in full by an anonymous donor. You have the right to accept the gift and get out of jail OR you can choose to deny the gift and stay in jail.
If you do not repent of your sins (We all know you're a sinner, so you might as well confess. Here's a secret - I am one, too) and accept Jesus as your Savior, then you are making the choice to stay in the jail cell.
You do not love Jesus.
If you are unwilling to admit your sins and ask for forgiveness (which is freely granted once you ask), then you are not in a loving relationship with God. You are an enemy of God. Why?
You have rejected His Son.
So the question is, do you love Jesus more than anything else in the entire world?
Back to the original question. Do you have troubles? This might be God's way of getting your attention. When life gets difficult and seems too much to bear, cry out to Him!! Sometimes He uses the pain of remaining the same as a catalyst to cause you to want to change. The first thing you need to get straight is your relationship with the Creator of the Universe. You must accept His Son's sacrifice for your sins. You must ask for forgiveness.
Do not look to the world - money, shopping, alcohol, drugs, s*x, work, kids - for the answer. Look to the God and His Son; They are what this life is all about.
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things have been created through him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the
firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
Want to know more? Dust off that Bible and get to reading.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. John 3:16-18
If you ever have any questions about this, please message me. I'd be happy (honored) to share the story of the King!
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