A Place of Grace
Thought of the Week
June 4, 2018
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When my grandson, Anthony was about 6, I was driving and we were listening to the CD player. One of the CD’s had his name in it. The songs were telling Anthony how much God loves him and that God created Him. One thing led to another and he started talking about heaven. He said he would go to heaven because he sang Jesus songs. I said; “That is great that you sing songs about Jesus but there is only one way to heaven and that is to ask Jesus into your heart.” He said, “Well, ah….I pray to Jesus so I’m going to heaven, right?” I said; “Well, that’s great too. We are suppose to pray and talk to God but still there is only one way to heaven and that is to talk to Jesus and ask Him to forgive you of anything bad you may have done and to live in your heart.” He said; “Well ah……I go to church so I’ll go to heaven, right?” I said; “That’s another great thing but there is only one way to get to heaven and that is to ask Jesus into your heart and forgive you of all your sins and help you do the things He would want you to do.”
He said; “Then, I will never do anything bad again?” I said; “Well, I won’t say never, but if you do just ask Jesus to forgive you, He knows your heart and He knows when you really mean what you say.”
I think a lot of adults believe what Anthony thought.
Going to church will not get you eternal life with Jesus. It will give a fellowship with others who believe as you do. It will lift you up and encourage you through times of hardships because others who have been there before you can give their testimony of how God strengthened them and brought them through their trials.
Praying to God is awesome. He loves to hear from you but unless you have prayed to ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and live in your heart and life, leading you in the direction He wants you to do, praying – talking to God won’t get you into heaven either.
Singing praises to God is so uplifting and can bring joy to your heart but unless you have taken the time to tell Jesus that you know you need a Savior, that you want forgiveness for your sins and want to be cleansed, singing won’t get you eternal life either.
I hear this a lot: “Aunt Susie was a good person. She was always doing nice things for people. She never drank, smoked, cursed or did drugs. She was a faithful wife and wonderful mother, so I know we will see her in heaven.” Unfortunately, Aunt Susie never did business with Jesus so sadly Aunt Susie won’t be in heaven. The Bible says that we won’t get to heaven on our good works.
My friends, I know God does not want anyone to go to hell and it really is our choice, not His.
When we don’t make a decision for Him, then we have already made our decision against Him.
Don’t miss out, don’t be left behind.
First, think about your life and make the decision that you would like to turn your life around and do what God would want you to do.
Second, you have to realize that Jesus Christ died on the cross to forgive you of all your sins.
Third, accept Jesus as your Savior and for the forgiveness of your sins and openly confess to others Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
Did you do it? Do you know someone you want to see in heaven? Do you know someone who needs to give their life to Jesus? Show them how. Don’t let them miss out, don’t let anyone be left behind. Acts 3:19 Romans 5:8,10 Titus 2:14 1John 2:23
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