Monday, February 29, 2016

Risk versus Reward

"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. "This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.
John 3: 18-19         

Throughout our lives we make choices. Many of these are daily decisions that are made
without a lot of thought. For more serious decisions, we may make a 'pro's and con's'
list, carefully measuring what the ramifications will be om either side of the choice. We
may ask the advice of others who may have some experience with the choice we are
about to make. Many of us pray on decisions, believing that God the Holy Spirit who
dwells withing us can aid us in making a wise choice. Occasionally, we may make the
wrong choice and, hopefully, learn from it in case a similar decision looms in the future.

There is one choice that is monumental for each and every soul that God created on
this earth. It is an eternal choice. Regardless of where you may stand on the idea
of predestination, election and free will, there is a bottom line. In the end, each of
us must choose to either accept the gift of grace provided by Jesus Christ on the
cross or reject His path to reconciliation with God, the only possible path to the
rift that exists between sinful man and a Holy God who cannot accommodate any sin.
This choice may come at any and all times in a person's life and God in His Magnificence,
may offer options that we do not know, but there will be a final choice and we, in the
end, will make it.

You don't need me to spell out the ramifications, here. We either leave this existence
into the arms of our precious savior, Jesus, to be an adopted member of God's family or
we leave destined to be separated from God into eternity. What that separation
exactly looks like may be debated, but the decision to reject Him means that we will
be judged on our own righteousness, and judged unacceptable, regardless of what
we may have dome or accomplished in our lifetimes. It will be a final choice.
There will be no second chances.

It is so very ironic that the God with whom we needed reconciliation Himself
has provided the means through the giving of His precious Son. That is love.
That is a God who cares. Much like a judge who issues a $200 ticket to a driver
and then walks down in front of the bench and hands the guilty party $200.

So make this choice carefully. There are really no items on the con side of
this decision. Choosing wrongly has such immense ramifications. I pray that
you will accept Jesus today and we will see His glory together in Heaven.

Praise our loving God!