How do you make your decisions?
What drives you? What pushes you forward? It was the love of God that pushed Jesus forward. What is it that drives you? Where do your decisions come out of? Do your decisions come out of a love of Christ? Or do your decisions come out of a love for yourself?
2 Corinthians 5:14-15: For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
We all have to make a choice, follow God or follow self. We make this choice in every aspect of our lives. In the little decisions and in the big ones. We have to decide what is most important to us. In Matthew 6:24 Jesus expresses that we cannot serve two Masters, we will never give both of them equal attention- one will always overpower the other. When it comes between what we want or what God wants we have to make the decision of which way we are going to choose.
It is your choice which way you follow. But God pays bigger dividends in the long run. He takes care of us in this life and in the next. When we are left to our own decisions of life, we do not get the bonus of God taking care of us in the next one.
During the three years of Jesus’ ministry, as an adult, He spoke about two places that existed after this life. Places that we know of as Heaven and Hell. I find it interesting that some people believe in Heaven but they do not believe in Hell, and yet Jesus talked about Hell more times than He talked about Heaven. In fact, Jesus talked about Hell more than anyone else in the Bible.
In natural discussion today most people describe Hell as the place where “bad people” go. But that’s not how Jesus described it. In fact, Jesus taught that Hell was the place where most people went, and where all people deserve to go.
Luke 16:23: a place of torment
Mark 9:43: a place of an unquenchable fire
Mark 9:45: a place where the worm never dies
Matthew 13:42: a place where people will be wailing and gnashing their teeth
Luke 16:19-31: a place that no one can escape from
Matthew 25:30: a place of outer darkness
In Luke 13:34-35, Jesus talks about a narrow gate that leads to life and a broad way that leads to destruction and how so few will find the narrow gate.
God has a purpose and a plan for all of our lives. Everything that we see throughout the scriptures has purpose to it. God has made a way for us to worship Him, He has made a way for us to communicate with Him, He has made a way for us to acknowledge our love for Him, He has provided a way of escape from sin, and He has provided for us a place to live with Him for eternity after this life.
The whole reason that Hell exists is because of something called sin. We’ve all heard the classic story of Adam & Eve who were in a perfect garden created by God. They could eat anything they wanted except for food from the tree of life, often depicted by a shiny red Apple.
As we know from the story, Eve gave in to the temptation and ate of the fruit and then Adam gave in to the temptation and something happened when they gave in- they for the first time disobeyed- which is what sin is- anything that is contrary to what God teaches. They became sinners and that sin did not just stay with them but was passed down from generation to generation all the way to us today.
In the Old Testament we read about the consequence of sin- every sin that was made had to have a blood sacrifice to redeem it. For every sin a white, spotless lamb, that was perfect in every way had to die and be sacrificed on an altar to God for the payment. Until one day when God provided another way, through His Son Jesus Christ- a one time sacrifice for all of mankind’s sin.
All man has to do is through faith, accept that Jesus is the Son of God. Ask forgiveness of his Sins to Jesus, and by doing so- turning away from the constant action of making sins and believing that He has the power of God to take away the sins.
John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
When you believe in Jesus you receive Him as the one who has saved you from your sins, in essence your Savior. When you ask for forgiveness and turn away from your sins you are repenting of them. So, believe, receive, and repent. It’s that simple and yet many-many will leave this life not knowing where their eternal destination will be because they either put it off or decided they would try something else.