Tuesday, January 12, 2010

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU…


How would you finish this statement? What would you say? What is the most important thing you…? In our culture today, some think that the most important thing you can do is make a lot of money and support a family. Others suppose that the most important thing to be done is to better society and make our world “greener.” Still others, perhaps, think that we need to help others and make our world a “better place to live.” There may be a few others who think that the most important thing is to please—or appease—God by living a morally good life.


Yet according to the Bible none of these are the most important thing. According to God—whose opinion alone ultimately matters—the most important thing you need is to be reconciled to God. Very bluntly, you were born into this world as an enemy of God. If you are not a Christian you are God’s enemy and none of God’s enemies enter heaven—ever. Souls are at stake, eternally. Eternal hell is at stake. Eternal heaven is at stake.


Born into the world as an enemy of God Almighty because of our sin, we all as humans have one fundamental problem, namely, we are sinners through and through. Our nature rejects God. Our flesh wants to be in control. We are proud, arrogant, immoral, impure, defiled, idolatrous, and self-sufficient. We, in and of ourselves, love to dethrone God and enthrone self. This is at the heart of Satan’s sin and Satan rejoices with all the demons in hell when individuals fall prey to this same self-idolatrous sin.


The only way to be reconciled to God is for GOD to reconcile you to Himself. And the good news is that Jesus has come. He has lived the perfect life. He has died an undeserved death in the place of sinners who rightly deserve the wrath of God. But Jesus came to bear that divine and ultimate wrath of God for sinners who believe in Him. In a word, the only way you can ever be reconciled with God is by believing in Jesus Christ alone as your Savior. Belief includes more than a simple trust that He once existed as a human person. It demands more than a sheer intellectual knowledge that He was God’s Son (nearly everyone in the world would acknowledge that). Rather, true faith and belief demands a knowledge that Jesus is truly the God-Man who came as God to live a perfect life and as man to relate to us humans and a life-commitment and total-surrender to this Sovereign King.


The plea on the table before you today is this: be reconciled to God! Don’t wait. Don’t put it off. Don’t say no. Don’t reject it. Fly to Christ for if you do not you will at the instant you close your eyes in death (whenever that may be) you will forever be in agonizing torment being personally and vehemently crushed by this God who once offered you reconciliation!


2 Corinthians 5:20-21 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Dad

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