Every Halloween, kids go trick-or-treating to have fun and get lots of candy. In life there is a real Trick and a real Treat. Often time’s people are tricked into thinking they have been good enough, in life, to get to Heaven. This is Satan’s trick. He wants people to believe that they don’t have to do what God says and they can be good enough to get to Heaven. This is a lie. God has a Holy Standard, His Ten Commandments, to show us how good we really are.
Look at a few:
Have you ever lied? Have you always obeyed your parents? The Bible says if you hate someone, it’s just like committing murder. Have you ever taken anything that didn’t belong to you? That is stealing. God’s Commandments show us how bad we really are, and that standard is what we are tested by when we die.
On that day, God will punish all people who have broken any of the Ten Commandments (breaking one of them means we are guilty of all). They will be sent to a place called Hell – a really, really bad place. Even though that’s a scary thought, there is GOOD NEWS! The Good News is God’s Treat!
God loves you so much that He made a way for you to be forgiven before Judgment Day so you don’t have to be punished. Even though we have broken His commandments God still made a way for us to be forgiven! God sent His son Jesus Christ, from Heaven, to become a sacrifice for us. He went to the cross and died for our sins, taking the punishment we deserve. Then after three days Jesus rose from the grave defeating death, to show that He is God!
So what can you do? The Bible says you should repent (turn from your sinful ways) and put your faith in what Jesus did on the cross! Then you should stop doing the things that displease God. Receiving Jesus will give you a new heart that wants to do God’s will. Then get out your Bible, read it every day and obey what you read.
Stephen John Spivey