We can see by the complexities of the universe there has to be a designer. Much in the same way we look at a great skyscraper that towers above us, we understand that there had to be a designer responsible for its complex design. We can, also, look at various works of art and understand that there had to be an artist behind the creation. The earth and its creation are the same. Look at the complexities of what is around you – the animals, plants, people, water, oxygen, sky, etc. – and you can see that there has to be a creator.
- “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” Psalm 19:1-6
- “Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you, or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.” Job 12:7-8
God will call you to know Him, by His Gospel.
“… for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? … so faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Romans 10:13-17
God also calls you, as He did with these men…
C.S. Lewis, novelist, academic professor, and former atheist, said, “[He felt] night after night, feeling whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed…”
Malcolm Muggeridge, socialist and philosophical author, wrote, “I had a notion that somehow, besides questing, I was being pursued.”
- “Give diligence to make your calling and election sure.” 2 Peter 1:10
Whichever side of the fence you fall on you should know that there is a day which you will be held accountable for your actions and non-actions. 2 Corinthians 5:10: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.
How will you appear before God?
Do you consider yourself a good person? – Most people do, and most people believe this will allow them to enter Heaven. Let me ask you five questions.
Have you ever told a lie… even a white lie? By God and human standards this would make you a liar. All liars will have their part in the lake of fire.
Have you ever stolen anything at any time in your life? What is the word we describe for this type of person – a thief. Thieves shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Have you ever used God’s, who is holy, name as a curse word?
Have you ever committed adultery? Jesus said whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already with her in his heart.
Have you ever been extremely angry with someone? Jesus warned that if we get angry without cause we are in danger of judgment. If we hate our brother, God calls us a murderer. We can violate God’s Law by attitude and intent.
Who of us can say we are not guilty of breaking these Commandments? And that is just five of the ten. All of us have sinned, and just as with civil law, you don’t have to break ten laws to be a lawbreaker, so the Bible warns, “For whoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10)
Human Standards – A little girl was once watching a sheep eat grass and thought how white it looked against the green background. But when it began to snow she thought, “That sheep now looks dirty against the white snow!” It was the same sheep, but with a different background.
When we compare ourselves to man’s standard we look pretty clean, but when we compare ourselves to the pure snow-white righteousness of God’s standard-His Law, we can see ourselves in truth, that we are unclean in His sight. That Law is the holy standard by which humanity will be judged on Judgment Day.
God is Perfect and Holy – Perfect in love, justice, righteousness, holiness, truth, mercy, wisdom and power. He is the perfect judge. Sin has no place before Him; it is not possible. This may sound strange, but the worst thing you could do at this point of time is to try and clean up your lifestyle—you realize that you have sinned, so from now on you will keep the Ten Commandments, do good deeds, say the right things and think only pure thoughts. But should a judge let a murderer go because he says he will now live a good life? No, he’s in debt to justice and therefore must be punished.
The Law of God is merely like a mirror—all the mirror does is show the truth. If you see dirt on your face, you don’t try and wash yourself with the mirror, its purpose should be to send you to water for cleansing. Neither should you try and wash yourself with the mirror of God’s Law…that’s not its purpose.
The sight in the mirror is not a pretty one, but if you don’t face it and acknowledge that you are unclean, then all that “dirt” will be presented on Judgment Day as evidence of your guilt, and then it will be too late to be cleansed.
God is good, He won’t judge me! – Perhaps you think that God is good and will therefore overlook your sins. But if you were guilty of terrible crimes in a government court and said to the judge, “Judge, I am guilty, but I believe that you are a good man and will therefore overlook my crimes,” the judge would probably respond by saying, “You are right about one thing – I am a good man, and it’s because of my goodness that I am going to see that justice is done, that you are punished for your crimes.”
The very thing that many are hoping will save them on Judgment Day, God’s goodness, will be the very thing that will condemn them. If God is good, He should punish murderers, liars, thieves, adulterers, etc., and Hell will be their dreadful fate.
Realities of Hell – What a terrible place Hell must be. If you read in the newspaper that a man received a $5 fine for a crime, you could conclude that his crime was insignificant. But if a man received multiple life sentences, you could conclude that his crime was heinous. In the same way, we can catch a glimpse of how terrible sin must be in the sight of God by looking to the punishment given for it—eternal punishment.
When you refuse God’s call you are preparing for an eternal separation from God. This is Hell. “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matthew 25:46) Take the time to read what Jesus said Hell was like in Mark 9:43-48. The punishment will be just, but severe to the uttermost.
Look honestly into the mirror of the Law, and then seek the “water” that cleanses every sin. If you don’t believe what the bible says about the reality of Hell, it means you think God is corrupt (that He hasn’t the moral backbone to seek justice), that Jesus was a liar, that the Apostles were false witnesses, that God’s promises are nothing but prefabricated lies. There is no greater insult to God than to call Him a liar. By doing so, you are adding to your transgressions.
Imagine if you reject the Savior, die in your sins and find that what the bible has said is the truth? Then it will be too late, you will be judged for your sins.
Can you see your predicament? You are guilty of sinning against God Himself, and, because you have a conscience, you have been aware of your sin. Isn’t it true that every time you have lied, stolen, lusted, etc., you did it with knowledge that it was wrong? Your conscience (conscience means – with knowledge) tells you so.
Does the fact that you have sinned against God worry or scare you? It should. You have actually angered Him by your sin. The Bible says His wrath abides on you, that you are an “enemy of God in your mind through wicked works.” But let fear work for your good, in the same way that a fear of jumping out of a plane at a great height would make you put on a parachute. Let your will to live open your heart to the Gospel of salvation.
God’s answer to your dilemma
Imagine that you are standing in front of a judge, guilty of very serious crimes. All the evidence has been presented and there is no doubt about your guilt. The fine for your crime is $1,000,000 or imprisonment, but all you have is the change in your pocket. The judge is about to pass sentence…he lifts his gavel, when someone you don’t even know steps in and pays the fine for you. The moment you accept that payment, you are free to go. Justice has been served, the law has been satisfied, and what’s more, the stranger who paid your fine showed how much he cares for you. His payment was evidence of his love.
That’s what God did for you, in the person of Jesus Christ. You are guilty. He paid the fine 2,000 years ago. It is that simple. The Bible puts it this way: “he was bruised for our iniquities…Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law being made a curse for us…God commended His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Isaiah 53:5, Galatians 3:13, Romans 5:8)
It was no small thing for Jesus to die for us. The only thing that would satisfy the demands of Eternal Law was the suffering death of the sinless Son of God. What love God must have for you! He suffered unspeakable agony, so that you wouldn’t have to be punished for your sins. His sacrificial death and resurrection mean that you need no longer be in debt to the Law, and God can now grant you everlasting life if you obey Him—death no longer has a legal hold upon those who belong to Jesus Christ.
What should you then do? Simply repent and put your trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Don’t put it off until tomorrow.
Would you sell one of your eyes for a million dollars? How about both for $20 million? No one in his right mind would. Your eyes are priceless to you, yet they are merely the windows of your soul. Your life (your soul) is of such value; Jesus said that you should despise the value of your eye compared to it. He said that if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you, for it is better to enter Heaven blind than to go to Hell seeing (Matt. 18:9). In other words, of all the things you should prioritize in your life, it’s not your health, your vocation, etc.; it’s your eternal salvation that should be at the head of the list.
Think of a man who has committed adultery. His faithful wife is more than willing to take him back, so what is the attitude in which he should approach her? It should be one of tremendous humility, asking for forgiveness, and determining in his heart never to even think of committing adultery again.
That’s how you should approach God (see King David’s prayer in Psalm 51). Put your faith in Jesus Christ in the same way you would put your faith in your seat belt. You don’t just “believe” it will benefit you, you actually trust yourself to it by putting it on.
You should be able to clearly see God’s love for you.
God’s Love “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV).
[Christ speaking] “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” [that it might be full and meaningful] (John 10:10).
Leo Tolstoy, Author of War and Peace, and philosopher, wrote, “…And the cause of everything is that which we call God. To know God and to live is the same thing. God is Life.”
He Rose From the Dead “Christ died for our sins…He was buried…He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures…He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
He Is the Only Way to God “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).
He Died in Our Place “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
We Must Receive Christ “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
We Receive Christ Through Faith “By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).
When We Receive Christ, We become a new creation “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
This is important…
Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for your sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. Again, it is you turning away from your sin nature and completely committing yourself to Him. You receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will.
If you believe God is speaking to you and you want to commit your life in its entirety to Jesus Christ, pray – speak to God directly:
Confess to God that you have broken His Law and sinned against Him. Ask Him to forgive your sins. Thank Him for Jesus Christ’s death on the cross in your place, paying for your sins. Believe that He rose again and conquered death for all mankind. Accept His gracious gift of eternal life, a gift that you could never earn. Place your trust in Him as your Savior and Lord.
Now That You Have Entered Into a Personal Relationship with Christ
“God’s call is for you to be His loyal friend, for whatever purpose He has for your life.” – Oswald Chambers, Author of – My Utmost for His Highest
The moment you received Christ by faith, as an act of your will, many things happened, including the following:
1. Christ came into your life (Revelation 3:20 and Colossians 1:27).
2. Your sins were forgiven (Colossians 1:14).
3. You became a child of God (John 1:12).
4. You received eternal life (John 5:24).
5. You began the great adventure for which God created you (John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Can you think of anything more incredible that could happen to you than entering into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? You have a personal relationship with the God of the universe… your Creator. Would you like to thank God in prayer right now for what He has done for you? By thanking God, you demonstrate your faith.
Suggestions for Christian Growth
Spiritual growth results from trusting Jesus Christ. “The righteous man shall live by faith” (Galatians 3:11). A life of faith will enable you to trust God increasingly with every detail of your life, and to practice the following:
First, tell someone about your new life! God says in Romans 10:9 you should confess with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord.
Find a good bible believing church that is active in pursuing God’s call.
- Read God’s Word daily (Acts 17:11) – begin with the Gospel of John.
“I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by men who were inspired [by God]. I study the Bible daily.” Sir Isaac Newton
- Go to God in prayer (simply talk to Him) daily (John 15:7).
- Obey God moment by moment (John 14:21).
- Share your story (Matthew 4:19; John 15:8).
- Trust God for every detail of your life (1 Peter 5:7).
- Holy Spirit – Allow Him to control and empower your daily life and witness (Galatians 5:16,17).
Stephen John Spivey