The Bottom Line - What Do You Believe?

That is a question that we can always put off or rationalize for the moment because in our minds there is always tomorrow.  That routine might work very well for many things, but there is definitely one that it won’t work for, and that is where we will spend eternity.  We have never been guaranteed a certain number of days.  We actually should feel good about knowing that one decision that we make, the most important one we will ever make, has already been dealt with.

Accordingly, what exactly do we need to know to make this decision?  What is it going to cost us and can we live with that starting today?  And that is where the rub comes in – starting today!  Although our God is a loving, benevolent God, He does have limits and requirements, and although He is patient with His children, He also is not hesitant in drawing the final line.  All of us know some people who love their habits even when they know they need to change and tell themselves they will do it tomorrow.  We can also testify to the fact that their tomorrow is often no different than the day before.  Besides being concerned about those we love are we absolutely sure of our own standing?  Besides considering our own feelings do we understand God’s requirements?

John tells us plainly that In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men (1:1-4).  That says it as well as it can be said and most of us have heard those words many times.  I wonder why it has been so hard to accept and live accordingly.  Surely, we were created for a purpose and surely we owe our Creator something for the opportunity He has given us.  Why do we so often forget and negate the Word and wisdom of our Creator?

As we look at the world’s disorder we have to know and see the effects of the fallen angel, Satan, who has always tried his best to negate the very nature of our loving Creator.  He also has a place for those who would follow him; it’s just not a place that any of us would want to be.  You might wonder then why we are so careless with our activities today and our plans for tomorrow.  Surely, we know that we cannot predict the date and time of our departure from this earth.  I would venture to say that most of us would deny being gamblers and yet if we take a good look at our lives we might discover that we are being very careless with our eternal future.  The signs of the direction this world is taking should make us all aware of the gamble we are taking and the lack of time in which to change.

You might be quick to remind me that you go to church every Sunday and you don’t expect to have a problem when you face eternity, but don’t fool yourself.  Appearing to be a Christian doesn’t make you the person your Creator intended you to be.  Our Lord spoke to John when he was on the island of Patmos saying He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels (Revelation 3:5).  It is true that often we will not realize our grade in life until it has passed us by, but this is one time when we must consider and grade ourselves on the worthiness of our lives here on this earth.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.