Most of us do not give careful thought to our lives. We just live day-day, month-month and year-year, rarely even asking ourselves, ‘What am I living for’? ‘What is the purpose of my life’? We work so hard to make our lives secure that we hardly even think of the reason for our lives. We live as though we would spend an eternity on this earth. The span of our lives is 70 or 80 years (maybe much lesser!!). And what after that? Have you considered the fact that you have a soul? Certain decisions you make while you are still alive will determine the fate of your soul? When you die your body goes to the grave but your soul lives on to receive an eternal reward – heaven or an eternal punishment – hell. Our life on the earth is not eternal; it’s just a temporary place.
Friend, what does it profit you if you gain the whole world and lose your soul? What does it profit you if you gain a lot of wealth, riches and property but lose your soul in the end? What does it profit if you gain name and fame and a very high social status but lose your soul in hell? What does it profit you if all the people around you are happy with you and all of them praise you but lose your soul? What does it profit you if you are very satisfied with your life and everyone around is satisfied with your life and you are very happy with what you’ve achieved but lose your soul in the end? What does it profit you if after you die people remember you and speak wonderful things about you and make a wonderful tombstone for you but you lose your soul in hell?
You may be so preoccupied with satisfying the needs of your body and the needs of your everyday life that you’ve neglected the deeper aspect of your soul. Life is so fast paced that you may never get time to really consider this issue. And when you do get time you feel you would rather not think of such things. Is it wise to put off such an important issue for another day????? You say, “I’m too young now, I’ll think of that when I’m closer to the grave. When I’m sixty or seventy I’ll give it a careful thought.” What if you do not live till then? How sure are you that you will live another day? We have a glorious future to look ahead to with God if we make the right choices.
Everyone- great and small, rich and poor, beautiful and ugly, famous and infamous, wise and foolish – has a common end: DEATH and then the grave. The worms that eat our bodies in the grave will make no distinction between the rich and the poor, beautiful and ugly. So, in the end the only thing that matters is your soul. God sets such a high price on us that He came into the world in the form of man. His name was Jesus. Jesus, shed His blood and died on the cross to save us. That’s how important we are. It cost Jesus every drop of His blood and His very life. That is why Jesus said, “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?”
So make the right choice today. Turn away from your focus on just this life and focus on things of eternal value . We can save our souls from hell and eternal punishment only by being in the right relationship with God. Sin separates us from God and will keep us out of heaven. Sin is anything that is displeasing in God’s eyes We cannot give excuses for our sin or say it is o.k. just because people around us say it is o.k.; it will destroy us in the end. Rituals, traditions and good works cannot remove our sin or change us; but Jesus can! Jesus came into the world and died for us on the cross to remove our sin and to bring us back into the right relationship with God. He took the punishment that we deserve for our sins that we might not be punished; and on the third day after His death, He rose again, to give us new life.
No sin is too big for Him to forgive. He loves you. If you are sincerely sorry for the wrong you’ve done and ask for forgiveness, HE WILL FORGIVE YOU and make you a new person. He died to pay the price for every one of our sins. No matter what we do we can never make up for our sins, we will always come up short. So don’t wait to do a whole lot of good works and acts of charity to remove your sins and to have them forgiven… just repent and believe in Jesus. The bible says that we are forgiven of our sins by our faith in Jesus and not by our good works. Believe in Jesus who died for you and invite Him into your life; and you will begin to have a relationship with God; then you will enjoy this life to the full, you will have all that you need for this life and when you die…you will be in heaven…ENJOYING ITS RICHES.
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