are you saved?

If you had two minutes to live, what would you do?

Would you think about what is going to happen next?

Everyday, we strive to be beautiful, inside and out.  We work hard to take care of our families, have successful careers, and help out in our communities.  But, is being a good person enough to influence where you will be for all of eternity after you die.

God created you and loves you more than you can imagine. Above anything else, His desire is to have uninterrupted fellowship with you.  Yes, the Lord wants to spend all of eternity with you!  However, the Bible says that we have all sinned, we’ve made mistakes,  and fallen short of His best for us (Romans 3:23).  Since God is Holy and cannot sin, our sin separates us from Him and prevents our full fellowship with Him.

God’s standards are found in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17).  Maybe you’ve never really given it much thought. I’ll ask you questions about some of them here.  Have you ever lied?  Stolen? Committed Adultery? Misused God’s name?  Answering yes to any one of these means that we have sinned.  I’ve sinned.  Have you?

Wooden Cross by Karen VanDenBerge

The Bible says that the penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23).  Death is separation from God.  If we die completely separated from God, then we would spend eternity in hell; and that was never part of the plan.  Hell was intended for the devil and the rebellious angels that followed him.   So, from the beginning, God devised a marvelous plan solely to restore us, His children, back into a right relationship with Him. This is good news and it has unfolded over the course of all of history and time.

The Lord, sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, fully divine and fully human, into the world. Jesus was perfect in every way.  He was crucified and died to pay the penalty for our sins (John 3:16).  Three days later, the Lord raised Him from the dead (Luke 23:44 – 24:12).  God accepted the sacrifice; and, as a result, the gap between us and God is covered and our fellowship with Him is restored for all of eternity.  Without the saving blood of Christ, we would be separated from God forever.    If you die, without the saving blood of Christ, being a good person will not be enough to restore your fellowship with God, because no matter how much we try, it is not possible for us to live a perfect life that fully measures up to God’s standards.

God loves you so much, that He sent His Son to the earth to lay down His perfect life, for your sin and for my sin, just so we would be able to spend all of eternity with Him (John 3:16) in heaven. It’s a gift and He wants us to have it.  The only way to have it, is just to accept it, freely, with no strings attached.  It cannot be earned or bought in any other way.

To accept this gift, just talk to the Lord.  If you are sorry for your sin, just tell Him and turn away (repent) from these things.  If you believe that Christ died for your sins, simply tell Him that you believe, invite Him into your heart, and ask Him for the free gift of salvation and to be Lord over your life.

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.  (Romans 10: 9-10)

If you had only two minutes to live, would you be confident in knowing that you will spend eternity with God and in the presence of His love?  Or, would you be afraid, not knowing what is to come?

It is possible to know what will happen when you die. If you have not accepted the sacrifice that Christ made, specifically for you, please do not miss the opportunity to accept Christ into your heart today.

If you have questions, please email me (Lynnette@innerbeautyjewelry.com).  I would encourage you to participate in a Bible study and find a Bible-based church where you can grow and mature in your faith.  This should be a place where you are encouraged to develop a personal relationship with, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Photo Credit:  Wooden Cross by Karen VanDenBerge

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