So, you’ve lived your life this far. Here’s an irrefutable fact: you’re progressing in a direction that will lead you to your death. Yes, that’s right. As they say, the very day that we are born, we start to get closer and closer to that day when we will die. And when we die, what will happen? Will we not go to be with God, or with the devil?
But what determines whether we will go to be with God, or with the devil? There are many ways that we could approach this, and indeed, I have approached it in those ways in my other writings, but for today, I would like to suggest that the one that you will “go to be with” will be determined by which one you have been developing a relationship with all of these years, that is, before your death.
For example, if day by day, you have been in the habit of cultivating a relationship with the God who loves you, and died for you … that is the One who sent Jesus to die for you on a cross … well, then, logically speaking, will you not go to be with him? For why would he forsake you all of a sudden, when you have been spending your life developing a relationship with him? No, our God is not like that! He is a good God. And he will never forsake those with whom he has been developing a relationship … that is, those who have desired to develop, and have been in the process of developing, a relationship with him.
But what about those who have not been in the process of developing a relationship with him, but rather, have been in the habit of developing a relationship with the devil, through disrespect of God’s word, blaspheming God, and doing things that he says are not right to do, such as committing indecent acts of unrighteousness, and pursuing things that are not holy? Will such people end up in heaven? But no! Sheer logic defies the thought of it! They will go to be with the devil, of course … for they have been in the habit of pursuing a relationship with him all of their lives!
Are you convicted by these things? If you are, the good news is that as long as it is “today”, it is STILL NOT TOO LATE TO TURN your life over to the Lord! Here’s proof. Remember the thief on the cross? He had committed all sorts of bad things throughout his lifetime, and now he was being (justifiably) prosecuted as a criminal. Yet, even there, as he hung on that cross beside Jesus, what did he say to our Lord Jesus? “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” (Luke 23:42) What was Jesus’s response? “Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
Yes, be convicted if you have sinned. But don’t stop there! You can, you should, and you must, turn over your life to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only one that can save you, as Peter said, ” Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Friend, may I ask you, have you come to that place where you can say, with utter confidence, “Yes, I know that I am saved from God’s righteous penalty against my sin! I have turned my life over to Christ, who I know can save me.” If not, today is the day! Turn, and be saved!
“To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts … behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (Hebrews 3:15b, 2 Corinthians 6:2b)