I’ve been thinking lately about people who call themselves Christians. But they don’t read their Bible. They don’t attend church. Do they pray? Do they give a portion of their earnings to God? I’m not judging. I’m wondering.
I want everyone to know Christ in his fullness. I want everyone to experience heaven. To truly experience the gift of eternal life to its fullest. God invites us to spend eternity with him. He wants to forgive our sins. And it’s essential to have our sins forgiven — in order to see God. But there is so much more to it than that. Having our sins forgiven is just scratching the surface. We need to build a close relationship with God. We need to walk and talk with him.
He loves us unconditionally. Nothing we can say or do will stop him from loving us. Can’t we return the favor?
Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:8
Suppose I commit a crime against a stranger and ask them to forgive me, but then never talk to them again. Never learn anything more about them. And I learn that they are planning the party of the century. But it’s by invitation only. Why would I expect an invitation from them? I’ve done them wrong. Oh. I’ve confessed, but I haven’t made an effort to show them I’ve made a change in my life. I haven’t spoken to them since the day I apologized. I’ve rarely thought of them, mostly in moments of guilt. So, why would they invite me to their party? Why would I be allowed to go?
Why would I expect to be received as a welcome guest into their home when I haven’t taken the time to get to know them? When I haven’t walked the path of suffering or gladness with them. When I haven’t made an attempt to study their lifestyle. Why would I think that I’m worthy to be chosen as a guest of honor in their home when I’ve never invited them into my home?
It’s the same idea for going to heaven. It is by invitation. And there’s a price. Everyone is invited. But have you paid the price? Have you given your life as a sacrificial gift to serving God? Or are you a member by name only? Have you done the work? Put in the time? Do you know what makes God tick? Do you know what he loves? What he hates? Can you feel his presence in your life? Have you seen him work in your life? Can you show proof of your allegiance to him?
If not, what are you waiting for?
Paul was one who persecuted Christians until he had a life-changing experience that led him straight to God. He knew that God had called him from a life of hunting Christians to becoming one of them. So he went all in. He gave his relationship with Christ everything he had. He wanted to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. Paul was willing to suffer with Christ, sharing in his death, so that one way or another he would experience the resurrection from the dead.
Can you say that? Are you willing to experience the mighty power of Christ, as well as suffer for him? It’s all or nothing. Walking the road to Calvary cost Jesus his life. If you choose to walk with him, nothing else matters.
Oh. You may not die a literal death for serving Christ. But you may. Paul did. But have you died to the things of life that seem so important, but are worthless in eternity?