Dear Lord, thank you for the Bible and the wisdom it brings us each day. I pray we start our week with fresh eyes and a full heart to love others in an extraordinary way. We love you so much. Amen.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
I will never forget sitting in the basement of my friend Chris’s house. We were having a small group with athletes from the football team, track team, baseball team, you name it. As we were chatting and beginning conversation, Chris posed the question, “If you had to pick a percentage of how sure you were that you are going to heaven, what would you say?”
He asked us to raise our hand when we heard our percentage. “Who is 50% sure they will go to heaven?” A few raised their hand. “Okay, who is 75% sure they are going to heaven?” A few more raised their hand. “What about 90%?” A handful raised. “99%” Almost everyone raised. “What about 100%, who is 100% sure they are going to heaven?” Only two.
He asked the two men why they were so sure they were going to heaven. They responded with this verse. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
The guys who had raised their hands prior were in awe. I was in awe myself. How could so many believers not know if they are going to heaven or not!? This would make me so anxious and confused all the time! I think it is because of the world we live in. Nowadays we have to do good to be worthy. We have to work to get the promotion. We have to put in the hours if we want to make the money. What I love about God is that He enjoys hard work, but He enjoys YOU much more.
God isn’t word about your good deeds outweighing your bad deeds. He isn’t worried about anything except us allowing Him to be Lord of our life. Don’t get stuck in the mindset that what you do defines who you are. Your life is defined by a WHO not a what. That who is Jesus.
I want to tell you this today, if you have accepted Jesus into your life by saying it and believing it. YOU ARE GOING TO HEAVEN! The work has been finished! Your past, present, and futures sins have been paid for by Jesus in the cross! How freaking cool is that!! Now I know what some of you may be thinking, “What about baptism?” Yes I do believe everyone must be baptized, but we can save that for another day, cool? Cool.
Think about this… God thought of you when he made the world. The WORLD! He had you on his mind during the creation of the universe. What?! He has called you to go out and spread His name, and one day meet Him at the gates of heaven for him to say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Gosh what a moment that will be for all of us.
I will leave you with this… Don’t keep the greatest gift in the history of the world to yourself! Go tell your friends about Jesus, but with grace and love. It will change their life. I know this to be true because I have seen Jesus do it through my life and many others.
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Have a great week!