On the second day of Christmas…

On the second day of Christmas JESUS gave to me Everlasting life, and Salvation full and free.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KJV

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10: 10 ESV

Not only have we been given the free gift of salvation. Jesus came to give us an abundant life; a life that is eternal and everlasting. For the Christians out there this sounds like old news but there is something new to be learned from this. The questions I have for you are these: Do you have this life Jesus talks about? Does this life flow out you like streams of living water? Do you exude an abundant life? or is this scripture below your story:

You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life. John 5: 39-40 NLT

Don’t be the one who refuses to see a good thing when its right in front of them. For the believer and non-believer alike, it’s not too late! Come to Jesus and receive this life he gives.

Yours truly.

On the first day of Christmas…

For the next 12 days, I will be going through the 12 days of Christmas and what my true love gave to me in this delightful twist of the song!

On the first day of Christmas Jesus gave to me salvation full and free.

But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not by the righteous deeds we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:5 NIV

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 NLT

God has offered all mankind His free gift of salvation. To us it’s free, but it cost God the life of His Son. On the cross, Jesus Christ became the final sacrifice for our sins. He paid for our salvation with His blood. But like any other gift, God’s gift of salvation doesn’t become ours until we accept it. Just as we can refuse a gift someone offers us, so can we refuse God’s gift of salvation.

Would you accept His free gift today? It is full and it is free!

Yours truly.

What if I am wrong about it all?

I recently read a very compelling social media post about a dream someone had about the rapture. At the end of the post, the writer added, “I could be wrong about all of this but what if I’m not?” to which someone commented “You are right. You could be wrong about all this. And you probably are.” Ouch! such an anticlimactic ending to a great message of repentance and salvation.

For a few years now I have been saying the exact same thing though. I tell people it is better to have served God and go into eternity only to realize that it was all for naught than to get to the other side of life and find out that the bible and everything in it was the real deal! But as I reflect on the comment to the post and on my own statement, I recognize that it is very defeatist. It most certainly does not inspire confidence in anything and anyone; certainly not in the God who made the whole world and in His word which is the only truth in this world where everybody is encouraged to find and speak their truth.

As I reflect, the scripture that comes to mind is

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. Hebrews 10:35 NIV

The entire chapter (Hebrews 10) summarizes salvation and the hope we have in Christ. God in his infinite wisdom knew that there would come a day when I would ponder over my life and this message of salvation and will waver in my hope and so He prepared in advance an encouragement not to throw away my confidence.  God admonishes from his Word:

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Hebrews 10:22 NLT

I need to hold on to the hope I profess of an eternity living and loving in the presence of God when my life on earth is over. I am not wrong about it all. I cannot waver. And the reason I am not wrong is that God can be trusted to keep his promise! He has promised me that obeying Him and serving Him and living for Him here on this earth will be rewarded. He has promised me eternal life and He will keep His promise. That is the confidence I have.

My encouragement as we come to the end of a year and a decade is this: hold on to your faith, to the hope you profess. Do not throw away your confidence or downplay it. It will be richly rewarded.

Yours truly.