There are two groups of people. Those who are trying to work their way into Heaven and those who have trusted in Christ alone for the salvation of their eternal souls. In which group are you? You cannot escape, my friends. There are some decisions that are impossible not to make. This is one of those. You will decide this day. You cannot avoid it.
There are some decisions in life with two options. While we are deciding which of those options we will choose, we discover that we are already in one of them.
For example, your car stalls on a railroad track and a train is coming towards you. Two options now loom before you. You can leap from your car and save your life, or you can stay in your car and try to save both life and auto. As you weigh the dangers and gains involved in those two options, the inevitable fact is that you have already chosen one: you are in your car and the train is still coming.
Likewise, today you have two options: life or death, but while you consider the choice, you have already chosen one, for you are already in that state of death into which every soul is born. Meanwhile, the judgment train of God comes on apace. You must choose.
The Gospel is the greatest offer ever made. I tell you that the day will come when the offer will be recalled and the time of grace will end forever, but now the sun of His grace is shining and the offer of His love and mercy and the free gift waits for you. There are some who have feebly accepted that offer, but they lack the assurance that they are going to Heaven, but He promises in His Word, through His servant John: "These things I have written 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) [emphasis mine].
Dear one, have you ever truly yielded your life to Christ? Have you ever truly surrendered yourself to Him? "There is life for a look at the crucified One." Won't you come to Him and yield your heart? Say, "Lord Jesus Christ, melt this cold, hard heart of mine. I want you as my Savior and I want to be your child. Lord Jesus Christ, I yield myself to You. I open my heart. Come in and cleanse and melt and woo my heart to You. Bind me with bonds of love to Your side. Help me, henceforth, from this day forward, to love You supremely, to serve You faithfully until I come to see You face-to-face. In Your name I pray. Amen."
If you prayed that prayer in sincerity, you have begun the greatest adventure on which you could ever embark. I would strongly urge you to begin to read the Bible every day and to pray. If you have never read the Bible before, start with the Gospel of John (the fourth book of the New Testament).
I also urge you to get involved with a Bible-based, Bible-believing church. If you would like a free book to help you become established in the Christian faith, write to me and ask for Beginning Again.139
Once we know Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, our "thank you" to Him for His gift of salvation is to serve Him in every area of our life. Good works will naturally flow from our lives, as good apples grow naturally on a good apple tree.
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