Gospel, Prayer & Devotion

The Good in the Good News

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I realize that not every person who comes across this blog is necessarily a Christian. Perhaps you have questions about Christianity and the Bible and have never really found the answers. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you what God revealed to me 20+ years ago. I was asked the question, “If you died right now, where do you think you’ll go? Would you be 100% sure you’re going to heaven?”. Literally, my world was turned upside down but for my good. I became a new person and have not looked back since. Please read on, and at the end of this post, ask yourself, “When this life is over, do I know where I will go?”

St. Augustine's Catholic Church - Silver Lake Township, PennsylvaniaWhen I was in grade school, my parents enrolled me in a Sunday School program at the church we attended. I remember having to memorize the Ten Commandments for this class. I actually didn’t mind because it gave me something tangible with which to measure my spirituality. I was a “by the book” kind of kid, a goody-goody. The problem was I couldn’t get past the first two commandments without realizing I may actually fall short. “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” (Exodus 20:3-4). My house was filled with carved images, as my parents were firm believers in having them around to ensure blessing upon our home. The rest of the commandments didn’t hold too much promise either, even for a good girl like me. I consoled myself by resolving to live the rest of my life in complete obedience to the commandments. Ha! Was I in for a rude awakening?

The Ten CommandmentsWho out there can claim they have never broken the commandments? “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.” (James 2:10) Have you ever looked through the Ten Commandments? Go to Exodus 20, read each one carefully, and see how you measure up. Where does that leave us? Utterly hopeless, to say the least. Why even attempt to follow the Ten Commandments if we are doomed to failure? “… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

This is where my whole religious world turned upside down. “Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins” was no longer a perfunctory recitation for a children’s Sunday School class. This is the hope offered to the hopeless, the good news for people headed for destruction.

How do you move from religion to relationship? When you realize that your sins are offenses against a Person, the One who created you to worship Him. When you acknowledge that good works cannot save you. When you believe that the death of Jesus and the wrath He experienced was supposed to be for you. When you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and live for Him, not the law. In short, BELIEVE.

If you have not believed in Jesus Christ, I plead with you to turn … turn from the broad path that surely leads to destruction, and go in the opposite direction, on the narrow road that leads to eternal life.

Related posts on the Gospel of Jesus Christ:
Time to Surrender
From Filth to Purity

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13 thoughts on “The Good in the Good News”

  1. And the question I remember clearly: Where will you be two seconds after you die?
    I love that you write with God’s heart in mind and a knowledge of his Word. 🙂

    1. I like that question. It conveys both a sense of urgency and the reality that you can’t go back and have a do-over once you’re there. I hope people realize this is not something you put off to think about another day.

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