Eternal Life Is A Gift From God

Romans 6:23– “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 

Eternal life is only found in Jesus Christ.  Our society has been enamored with the doctrine of relativism.  In other words, what’s true to you is not necessarily true to me.  Many apply this concept to heaven; however, the Bible makes it unmistakably clear that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven.  For example, Acts 4:12 says, “Neither is their salvation in any other:  for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  Religion without a personal encounter with Jesus Christ will not save the soul.

 

Eternal life is the greatest gift ever given to mankind.  One of my favorite childhood memories was “The Conner Family Christmas” gatherings.  I remember walking into the hosting home and seeing a living room full of presents.  Our tradition was opening the presents from the youngest to the oldest, one at a time.  Some years it took three to five hours to open all the presents.  As a child, I enjoyed every second of it!  As I look back, I’ve realized none of those gifts are comparable to eternal life in Christ.  James 1:17 says it best, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

 

Eternal life cannot be earned by human merits.  Good works, baptism, church membership, helping elderly ladies cross the street, giving to the poor, feeding the homeless, sponsoring an orphanage, and donating to a missionary are all great things to do, but they cannot earn eternal life.  There is nothing man can do to obtain eternal life, but believe on Jesus Christ.  Those attempting to earn eternal life will be sorely disappointed in the afterlife, according to the Holy Scriptures.  Eph. 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.”

 

Have you received God’s gift of eternal life?

Proclaim His Name

R.A. Torrey once said, “My one ambition is life is to win as many souls as I possibly can.  It is the most worthwhile thing in life.”  The greatest message in all the world is the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.  There is no greater message known to mankind. God has placed the responsibility of sharing this marvelous message upon every believer.  Commitment to sharing the gospel is a daily calling!  The term proclaim in the New Testament literally means to herald forth the message of Christ.  I’d like to briefly share with you three thoughts from Philippians 1:12-18 about proclaiming the gospel.

Proclaim the gospel confidently (1:12-14).  Paul was incarcerated while writing Philippians because he was sharing the good news of Christ.  I guess you could say the jailhouse was Paul’s second home since he was imprisoned so often. This passage reveals other Christians were able to more confidently, courageously and boldly share their faith due to Paul’s imprisonment for sharing Christ with others.  Did you know fear is one of the most common reasons why believers don’t share their faith?  Psalm 27:1 says, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?”  Do not be fearful when sharing the gospel because Christ is with you.

Proclaim the gospel consistently (1:15-17).  In his book entitled Introduction to Evangelism, Alvin Reid states, “Statistics indicate that only three to five percent of believers consistently share their faith.”  As I read the Apostle Paul’s words, I am reminded of the urgent responsibility we have to consistently share Christ with others.  Yes, there will be some proclaiming Christ with impure and pure motives just like in Paul’s day, but we’ve been commissioned to proclaim the gospel to all the world (Mark 16:15; Matt. 28:19-20).  Do not allow other peoples’ motives to stop you from doing what God has called you to do.  Consistency in sharing the gospel is missing in modern Christianity.   It’s time that believers from all ages and stages arise to proclaim the salvation found in Christ.  

Proclaim the gospel compassionately (1:18).  As I read Phil. 1:18 I see Paul’s compassionate heart bleeding from the inspired passage of Scripture.  Every Christian is called to proclaim the gospel with compassion!  Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Just as it was Christ’s love for us that drove Him to Calvary’s cross, the same love should ignite our hearts to share the gospel with the lost.  Let us compassionately declare the good news of Christ to all the world.

May God help us to confidently, consistently and compassionately share the gospel daily!   Let’s get out there and proclaim His name!

Never Forget

Memorial Day is a hollowed day in the United States of America.  On the last Monday of May, we honor the memory of the individuals who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military and fighting for our freedom.  In 1868, historians have pinpointed the original observance of this holiday as a Decoration Day after the American Civil War.  It was a day set aside to decorate the graves of the deceased soldiers with beautiful flower arrangements.

Today, I am grateful for all those who have served in the Armed Forces of America.  I am thankful for those who have fought in combat, for those who have traveled overseas, for those who have been wounded, for those in administrative positions, for those struggling with loneliness during their service, for those battling illnesses from their service, for those who have be critically injured, for those piloting the aircrafts, for those steering the submarines, for those who have been tortured, for those who have witnessed their comrades die, for the medical staff mending the wounds, and for each soldier who has sacrificed their life so I could enjoy the wonderful liberties of an American citizen.  I will never forget the sacrificial love of each soldier.  Thank you for your service!

Each soldier reminds me of the words of Jesus Christ in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  Every Memorial Day I am not only reminded of the sacrifice of the soldiers in the American infantry, but I’m also reminded of the greatest sacrifice our world has ever observed when Jesus Christ demonstrated His marvelous, compassionate, lovingkindness towards mankind by dying on the cross of Calvary.

Today, I am eternally grateful for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sacrificial love towards me.  I am thankful for Christ dying on the cross for my sins.  I am thankful for Christ’s blood that has covered all my sins.  I am thankful for Christ’s body that was broken for me.  I am thankful that Christ conquered death, hell and the grave by His glorious resurrection.  I am thankful that Christ has forgiven me of my sins and bestowed upon me eternal life.  I am thankful that heaven is now my eternal home.  I am thankful for the sinless, spotless, sacrificial Lamb of God who can radically transform lives today.

From the great lakes of Minnesota to the rolling hills of Tennessee.  From the great plains of Texas, and from sea to shining sea.  From the city of Detroit down to Houston, and from New York to L.A.  It’s time that we courageously stand and compassionately say:  I am thankful to be a Christian where at least I know I’m eternally free.  I will never forget the Christ who died and gave that right to me!  I will gladly stand up and defend His Word still today because there is no doubt I love the Lord.  May God richly bless the United States of America!