Decisions, decisions, decisions…we all have to make them, each and every day.
Some decisions are not very important. Like… What shirt should I wear today? Which restaurant should we go to tonight?
Some decisions are more important. Like… What college should I attend? Which car should I buy?
Some decisions are highly important. Like… What occupation do I want to pursue? Should I marry this person?
All decisions carry consequences, either good or bad and either on a small scale or a large one. Maybe choosing one restaurant over another will end in food poisoning! Or one car over another will cost less in repairs down the road. Or choosing to marry one person over another either will make life happier and easier or painful and difficult.
Some decisions can have lifelong effects. Think of a decision you have made that will affect you in either a positive or negative way for the rest of your life. You have your whole life to reap either the benefits or the negatives. Now as much as that either makes you happy or sad to think about, there is a decision, one decision, that we all make that will go beyond this life.
Death. Not something we like to think about. But we all have to face it someday. Sometimes sooner than we think. But yet the fact stands that death is unavoidable. And where we go when we die is the one decision that we all make while we are living that will extend for all eternity.
So think back to a bad decision that you made that you have to live with the consequences for the rest of your life on this earth. Now imagine the consequences never coming to an end.
Your decisions concerning what you will do with Jesus is the decision that has never-ending ramifications. Choose Jesus, and you have the guarantee of eternal life in Heaven with Him. Reject Jesus, and you have the guarantee of eternal death in Hell without Him.
Here are the facts:
Everyone has sinned. “For all have sinned.” (Romans 3:23) And before you start with, “Well, I never…” A sin is a sin. Lying is a sin. Murder is a sin. Check out those 10 Commandments and you’ll have no doubt of being a sinner. It’s an ugly word, but I know I am a sinner. I know my husband is a sinner. And, yep, so are my kids.
There is a punishment for sin. “For the wages (or payment) of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) Every decision has a result. The result of sin is the inability to enter Heaven, for no sin can be in Heaven, for a Heaven with sin would be no different than where we are now. Our sin dooms us to Hell, unless we can be made without sin and therefore be able to enter Heaven.
There is rescue from the result of sin in Jesus. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son (Jesus) so that whoever believes in (Jesus) will not die (spiritual death) but have eternal life.” (John 3:16). The holy God sent His holy Son, Jesus, to be punished for sin in our place. If you believe that Jesus, as God’s Son, came to earth and gave up His life to pay the penalty for your sin, and then came back to life in the ultimate triumph over death, Jesus promises to rescue you from an eternity in Hell after your death, and give you eternal life in Heaven with Him.
How can you be rescued? Just ask Him, believing that Jesus can save you. “Whoever calls upon Jesus shall be saved” (Rom 10:13).
And the beautiful truth is that it is that simple. We like to complicate everything. Make it harder than it should be. But here’s the deal – it takes childlike faith. When I was 4 ½, I asked Jesus to be my Savior and wash my sins away. I know I will go to heaven when I die. As the years have passed, I’ve grown to appreciate my salvation more, and grow in my understanding of the amazing gift God has made available to everyone.
So here is the one decision that everyone makes that will go beyond death – either you accept God’s free gift of salvation, ask Him to save you from your sins, and receive the gift of His forgiveness and the promise of spending eternity in Heaven with Him. Or, you reject His free gift of salvation, die in sin, and spend eternity in hell. It’s as simple as that.
And by the way, no decision is a decision. So what is your decision?
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