For, “In just a little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay.” Hebrews 10:37 NIV
Are you a gambler? Do you love the thrill of taking risks? What about the “let’s just wait and see what happens” mindset? Many of us would emphatically say a resounding “No” to those questions, yet we fail to prepare for the greatest event foretold to humanity: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ! Throughout the Bible, the theme is about Redemption; Jesus was born, lived a short 33 years on the earth, and died on the cross for all humanity to save us from our sins. His sacrifice was necessary because He was sinless and the only one worthy to fulfill the Plan of Salvation, which was in place prior to the creation of human life.
And if the Plan of Salvation is not enough to have you excited and making daily preparation by seeking after righteousness, then the promise made by Jesus: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going. John 14:1-3 NLT; should jumpstart a fervency to prepare for the perfect life that is described in Revelation 21-22. In studying the Bible we become aware of another biblical promise–Jesus’ Second Coming-His return to this earth, for those who have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior; we are promised the gift of immortality–Eternal life in a New Heaven and New Earth.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. revelation 21:4 NIV. This promise alone should be a catalyst to jumpstart a commitment to give your All and obediently serve God!
God knew that Adam and Eve would fall into temptation, disobey, and commit a grievous sin because they desired much more than God had already given to them. The consequences of their disobedience were severe; evicted from their home–the Garden of Eden–paradise, the loss of immortality, physical and emotional pain, hard work, the murder of their son-Abel by his brother Cain, the aging of their bodies leading to the physical death, and the inability to communicate with Jesus face-to-face. They gambled their entire lives away for the cunning deception of a worthless promise that they would be as “gods” if they ate from the forbidden tree.
Are we falling into the same behaviors as Adam and Eve? What are we gambling away our promise of Eternal Life for? It is guaranteed that the worldly pleasures that will soon cease to exist. Or do we feel that what we give to God is our interpretation of sacrifice?
Although there are no biblical references to validate the holidays of Christmas and Easter–many individuals celebrate these two manmade holidays with zeal and believe there is a religious significance that reflects the birth and death of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Is this all that is needed for righteousness by faith? Is this all we must do to be followers of Christ? Is the promise of Eternal life based on the observation of two holidays per year?
The giving of “All” includes the acceptance of Jesus as your personal Savior; daily confession and repentance of sin; dutifully studying the Bible; praying continuously; obedience to God’s commandments; praying for the influx and guidance of the Holy Spirit; casting aside worldly pleasures; possessing unwavering faith and trust in God, and witnessing to others by sharing the Word of God, and providing for those in need.
If you think it is overwhelming to give your all to God, then reflect on your current job description or your daily lifestyle, you are probably burning the candle on both ends without an endpoint. Is it worth it to gamble and practice risky behaviors regarding your salvation that will only place you in a lose-lose situation?
As sinners saved by grace, we have absolutely nothing that we can give to God that constitutes a sacrifice–every good gift, including our life, is given to us by God. Let go of the unhealthy relationships, the pleasurable habits, chasing after the dream, and the pursuit of anything that interferes with placing God first in your life. Because God did not even spare His own Son who died, who suffered shame and spilled His precious blood on the cross; God requires us to give up our idols and to give our very best and our “All” to Him.
Believe that Jesus is alive and well in heaven acting as our Intercessor; He is the reason that God extends His love, grace, and mercy to us even when we are giving nothing. Thank you, Jesus!
Bible Reading: John 14, Revelation 21
Prayer for today: Dear Lord and Father of all mankind, We come to you today simply and humbly asking for you to forgive us for thinking more of ourselves because we have convinced ourselves that we are making sacrifices to follow you. We confess that we are unworthy, and we repent of giving you, what we feel is necessary. It is our desire to follow your plans for our lives and to give to you, our all and all from this day forward. We ask this prayer of confession and repentance in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019