About Your Future
Have you ever considered what your most valuable possession is? A child might say, Family. A young person might say, Friends. A middle-aged person might say, My home. An older person might say, My life savings.
But for the sickly person close to the end of life none of these are important. They no longer hold the interest and concern that they once did. There is only life itself left. What future does that person have?
Is there life continuing on after death? Or is it true that when you're dead, you're dead. And that's it. No more! The end! What each person believes will happen in their future depends on what they believe about the past.
Is there a Creator God? Or did our ancestors come out of mud a very long time ago?
Any person looking up at a cloudless night sky sees a few thousand stars. Scientists using huge radio telescopes see millions and the light coming from possibly billions. Is this evidence that God made the universe? All those stars move in their orbits. So precise is their journey through space, that a man called Edmond Halley mapped the course of a star which is seen on earth only once each 75-76 years. We call it Halley's Comet and it is not due back again until 2061.
By contrast take a look at the site after a volcano has erupted or a hurricane passed by. The total devastation shows that nothing good comes out of an explosion. Yet some people demand that we have faith to believe that a huge explosion caused all the stars in space. Some stars spin in one direction and others the opposite way. How many chances can chance be allowed to have?
Some things in life cannot be explained away by chance events. Like the complex human eye, they have to have had a designer.
The big decider is: Does God exist or does He not? If He does actually exist, everything made, including people, belong to Him. This means that He has jurisdiction over us and we must be careful to do what He says.
If God does not exist, then all the rules of civilization go out the door. If there is no price to be paid for killing other people, then might is right. The rules of the jungle apply: The strong rule the weak as slaves. Is that fair? Those who believe the world is just one big accident have no meaning for life or purpose for existence. But most people do have a sense of justice and want to see justice done. Each person has to think about this and decide what to believe.
God has revealed Himself to people in three ways: In His creation, in His Word (the Holy Bible) and through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. The most important way to truth is to look in the Bible to see what God says about Himself.
In the Bible book, Deuteronomy, Chapter 32, God says: I, and I alone, am God, no other god is real.
The Bible book of Psalms Chapter 33 says: The LORD created the heavens by his command, the sun, moon, and stars by his spoken word.
In the Old Testament book of Isaiah, Chapter 30 says: For the LORD is a God of justice.
And in the Gospel book of John Chapter 5, it says: Just as the Father (God) is himself the source of life, in the same way he has made his Son (Jesus Christ) to be the source of life.
When Jesus Christ walked on earth He spoke about the after-life. In the Gospel book of Luke, chapter 16, He taught that there are two places in the after-life, a place of joy and a place of torment. And people have to make arrangements in this life if they want to go to the place of joy.
How is this done? If you have a Bible, read the first three chapters of the first book, Genesis. God created everything perfect and beautiful. God made the first human beings, Adam and Eve. They were different from the animals because they had an ever-living soul or eternal component within them. They lived in a fruitful garden and lacked nothing. God placed one restriction on them. He wanted them to obey Him. They did not. Wrongdoing and rebellion entered the human race and has been with us ever since. Even the world suffered under God's judgment. Weeds sprang up. Animals started killing each other. Growing food then became a lot of hard work for Adam.
With only their own lives to pay for their sin, they found it was not enough. God had to use another way to deal with the sin problem. After most of four thousand years had passed, God sent His own dearly loved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, into the world to show us how to live correctly. In the Bible book, John, Chapter 3, it says this: For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him, may not die but have eternal life.
There are different levels of belief. Many people know that Jesus came to be the Saviour of the world but remain indifferent to His call to put Him first in their lives. They want to live to please themselves.
The Lord Jesus paid for our sin by dying on the cross to redeem us from the slavery of sin. We don't own ourselves. He owns us because He bought us. Do you believe with all your heart that Jesus has purchased you and wants you for Himself? Confess to Him you have sinned and that you want Him to be your Saviour and Lord of your life.
The Lord Jesus will accept anyone and everyone who comes humbly to Him. The Bible book of Romans, Chapter 10 says: If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved.
If you have made that decision in your mind and prayed to Him, the initial transaction of salvation has been completed. Then comes a lifetime journey of trusting Him in every situation and for everything. He wants you to depend on Him completely.
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(Good News Bible - Used by Permission.)