The saved – and the lost

There is a difference between the saved and the lost, and it is summed up, I believe, in a word: commitment. Of course, the commitment I am speaking of is directed towards the Lord Jesus Christ. He must be the entire focus of our commitment. Without Jesus Christ being the focus, there really is no commitment – at least, not a commitment that leads to eternal life.

A man may be committed to his job, but it doesn’t mean that man will inherit eternal life.

A man may be committed to his wife, but it doesn’t mean he’ll see heaven in the afterlife.

A man may be committed to his children, but it does nothing to guarantee his eternal security.

A man may be committed to being a good bread winner, but without Jesus, he will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

A man may be committed to prayer, but without God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit being the center of worship in that person’s life, his prayers count for nothing.

A man may sacrifice his body and his possessions, but it will not gain him any favor with the “gods” (of whom there is really only One).

A man may be committed to his small self-help group but unless Jesus Christ is at the focus of his attention, it avails him nothing.

I have put all this in very gentle language. The Bible uses very straightforward, no-nonsense language:

Among those whom the Bible lists as not inheriting the kingdom of heaven, the Bible lists:

– the covetous: those who want something that God has not given them and that they are not entitled to (1 Cor 6:9)

– idolaters: those who place anything as an ‘idol’ in their lives, elevating it to ‘worship’ status (1 Cor. 6:10)
– cowards: those who are ashamed of Jesus and will not stand up for His name for fear of looking bad (Rev 21:8, Mark 8:38)
– immoral people: those who practice fornication, adultery or homosexuality (1 Cor 6:9, Rev 21:8)

The Bible says such will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.

But … you can be cleansed from your sin if you are willing to come to Jesus and put your faith in Him. He will gladly forgive, pardon, and receive you, if you are sincere.

Like all of us who have been forgiven by God, anyone can. Will you come today? You can be born of God today, by simply trusting in the the name of Jesus. He paid the price for both you and me. We are not worthy of being forgiven, but because of His great mercy, He paid the price on the cross that we should have paid. Our debt has been paid in full, and all that remains is for us to “repent” (turn from our wickedness) and believe the gospel (that is, the “good news”). Will you come today?

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12)