Monday, September 13, 2010

One Measurement

We are busy.  Too busy.  We often forget that the world doesn't revolve around us.  We often forget that there are people all around us that are dying.  Dying physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Did you know that "8 of 10 Americans (81%) believe in an afterlife of some kind? Did you know that 64% of Americans believe they will go to Heaven (Barna, 2003)?  Do you count yourself in that estimation?

  Why or why not?  When you look at God's nature throughout the Bible, you will find that God never lies.  In no circumstance in the Bible does He waiver or go back on His word.  God's unchanging nature is why, even today, the state of Israel is a prosperous nation.  No matter what your personal belief is concerning Israel; think about it.  Their people have been scattered (yet brought back)- all fulfilled scripture. Think about their arid soil; yet they produce some of the best crops in the world - all fulfilled scripture.  Think about the hatred other nations have towards them; yet they continue to protect themselves and stand strong in the face of ongoing hatred by other nations.  They are rich -fulfilled scripture. They are rich in weapons - predicted in scripture to only become richer. Think about those that hate them; it is an age-old battle that goes back since the beginning of time.  They are hated because God chose them. Even if current countries don't even know the Bible; it is still playing out.  Israel is just one example of the fact that God does not break his promises.  Even when Israel rejects the One that chose them. Even when they continue to deny that Jesus is the Messiah. Even then.  Even then, God does not waiver in His love for His chosen ones and continually blesses them and protects them.  
What about you?  If you died today, where would you go?  
Stop and think about it. God cannot lie.  So, when it says in Ephesians 2 that "good works" or being a good person will not get you to heaven; do you believe it?  When the Bible says that grace is a "free gift;" do you believe it?  Do not think for a second that God, who has remained unchanging will change for you.  When you stand for judgement, there will be but one measurement.  No matter what you did or did not do-one measurement.  

You do not have to be perfect to receive grace.  Jesus died for sinners.  Simply put: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.  He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. " 
John 3:16-18