There is nothing more important than where you will spend eternity!
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If you have never thought about where you will go when you die, now is the time to do so. Perhaps you received one of these tombstone cards with the question, “What is the most important part on this headstone?” What do you think? Take a good look at the picture.
Is the most important part your name? The date? That you were dearly loved? That you were someone’s son or daughter?
The answer is surprising…
It’s none of the above!
Did you miss it? Most people do.
The most important part on the headstone is the dash in between the two dates. It represents all the days of your life here on earth. The bible tells us that life is like a vapor. Think about it. Your life appears for a little while and then it’s gone.
Have you ever thought about death and where you go after you die? Where will you spend all eternity when your life here on earth is over? Did you know that the ultimate statistic is that 33 people out of 33 people die! That means you won’t escape death. No one will. And eternity is a long time. It’s forever and never ends. There is no time in eternity. There is nothing more important than where you go after you die. That’s why someone gave this card to you this card or that’s why you stumbled upon this page.
Please keep reading…
Have you ever stopped to look at yourself according to how God see’s you? If not, here’s what to do, evaluate yourself by the 10 Commandments to see how you measure up to God’s standard of righteousness.
Have you ever lied (even once–fibs, white lies, etc.)? Have you ever stolen (the value is irrelevant)? Jesus said, “Whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her, has committed adultery already with her in his heart.” Have you ever looked with lust? If you have said “Yes” to these three questions (by your own admission), you are a lying, thieving, adulterer at heart; and we’ve only looked at three of the Ten Commandments!
Have you put God first in your life? Or have you created a false god to suit yourself; a god you feel comfortable with? If God judges you by that standard, will you be innocent or guilty on the Day of Judgment? If you’re honest and listen to your conscience you know that you will be guilty (like all of us), and end up in Hell.
The reality of that should strike terror in your heart!
But WAIT! LISTEN! There’s Good News!
God Himself made a way (the only way) for sinners to be forgiven. Listen to this…
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man and was without sin. He suffered and died on the cross and then He rose from the dead, defeating death. You broke the Law and Jesus paid the fine with His precious blood for sinners!
Today, here’s what to do, confess your sins to God, repent (turn) from your sins, put your trust in Jesus to save you from eternal damnation, and you will pass from death to life. Only through Christ can God forgive you and grant you the gift of everlasting life.
Are you wrestling with the thoughts that you aren’t saved? Do you question whether your faith in God is genuine? Perhaps you feel like you’ve had a conversion experience in the past but your not sure if you’re a true convert. Below are five questions to ask yourself and explanations that provide general proofs of a genuine work of salvation. We hope that these provide helpful insight to you:
- Is there present belief in God?
We are never to depend upon a previous testimony of something we did years ago such as pray a prayer or sign a card or walk down an isle for an altar call, we must presently be confessing Jesus Christ as Lord through faith.
- Is there a habitual impenitent sin in your life?
A true Christian will not habitually and impenitently practice a lifestyle of sin. (1 John 1:5-10). This does not mean that we will ever be sinless, this side of heaven, but that we who are in the light do not seek to remain in darkness.
- Is there observable growth?
There must be an observable growth in the life of the believer. We are called to grow in our salvation in the areas of knowledge, love, grace, and fruit. (John 15, 2 Peter 3:18). Those who think that nothing more than a mere confession of faith is needed to prove oneself a Christian, run the danger of self-deception and ultimately lack assurance of their salvation.
- Is there a pursuit for holiness?
A true Christian is not to remain carnal in mind and affections. We are to pursue holiness. A believer in Christ, hungers for righteousness and seeks to be pleasing in obedience to the Father. (Hebrews 12:14). This proof is extremely telling regarding ones salvation as well as their spiritual maturity. Do we love darkness? Do we rejoice in sinfulness? These things are to be rejected by the true child of God.
- Do you hold to the essential doctrines of the Faith? Especially, having to do with the Doctrines of God, Authority, and Salvation?
There are certain doctrines and teachings in Scripture that cannot be breached. The failure to hold to the “Essentials” will result in heresy, false doctrine, and false hope. One of the reformers once said, “If you have the wrong God, in the end you meet the Devil”. Thus, it is essential that we have the right God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). That we believe in the true identity of Jesus Christ, being fully God and fully man.We must believe that the Bible is the word of God and the final authority for all of faith and practice. We will have no foundation otherwise. Believing, therefore, that the Bible is inerrant, infallible, and inspired is essential. For without it we would not know God at all. Also, we must believe in a proper view of salvation. In other words, it is by grace through faith that we are saved and not by human works lest we boast in ourselves. (Eph. 2:8, Titus 3:4-7).
These proofs are never to be mistaken as works. That is, that none of the above mentioned are offered as works which prove that we have earned the right to be saved. Rather, we are saved by nothing more than sovereign grace. Assurance is a miracle of God and it is reserved for the child of God. For the Christian, we have the blessed promise of assurance and that we can know for certain whether we are saved or not. Below are two powerful verses on assurance that you can take comfort in:
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13).
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without doubting, for He who promised is faithful.” (Heb. 10:22-23).