Many people don’t surrender their lives to Jesus because they don’t have any idea who He really is. They’ve heard of His name, but it doesn’t mean anything to them and so they chalk Him up as a religious figure that they don’t care about. They don’t realize that they are sinners in need of a Savior and that Jesus IS that Savior, and so they ignore any messages they hear about Him. He is the Son of God who gave His life to save ours and that makes Him our friend, but if we choose not to follow Him, one day we will see Him as our foe!
We are living in the last days before the return of Jesus, and when He comes, things will be very different. But right now, it’s a period that’s referred to as “grace”. This is because the Spirit of God is still here and still calling people to repentance through the voice of believers. Right now—today—is the time to receive Jesus as our Savior, because when God removes His Spirit from this earth, grace will be gone.
- For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. —2 Corinthians 6:2
What many people think—and that’s people of the world AND Christians—is that they are not sinners. They haven’t killed anyone, cheated on their spouse or robbed a bank so they consider themselves to be good. But the Bible says in Matthew 19:17 that no one is good except for God. We all are descendants of Adam and Eve, and they were made from this earth and we are their children. They sinned against God and brought sin upon the earth and every child ever born. How did they do that?
They ate from the tree, The Knowledge of Good and Evil, and when they did their eyes and minds were opened and they realized that they could choose between good and evil. They became aware that they had chosen to disobey God and do things their way. God’s Spirit left their bodies when they rebelled because God is Holy and sin cannot live in His presence. We have inherited that same choice.
- For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.—Romans 3:23
A baby in the womb may be innocent of all sin, but the second he or she is born, they become exposed to it and have the choice to obey or disobey. Any of us who have children know that even the sweetest of them has disobeyed at one time or another. And according to the Word of God, it only takes that one sin to become a sinner! This is why it is so important to teach our children about God. We need to get the Scriptures in their minds and in their hearts so that as they grow up in this sinful world, they will have knowledge of who God is, and they’ll be aware of sin. Some children will surrender to Christ at a young age, and others will take years before they realize the truth!
- Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.—Proverbs 22:6
God lives on this earth through His Spirit in us who are saved! We are His temple and the world will see Christ through us. Jesus told us to love people as He loves them, and that means to forgive them and love them as we’d love ourselves. Right now, Jesus is our friend. He poured His grace out to us at the cross, and every day He covers us in His mercy so that we can come to Him daily (in His grace) and repent of our sins (to receive His mercy).
We are not perfect because we are saved. We still live in a corrupt world and we’re still able to sin. In fact, there isn’t one of us who doesn’t sin every day. We may not commit notable sins, but we sin against God in our thoughts, in our words or actions, or in things we do or shouldn’t do, great or small. We need to come to God every morning and ask for His guidance, protection, and leadership in all we do. And we need to come back to Him at night and ask for His forgiveness so we can have a clean heart.
Jesus is our friend. He forgives us and He loves us with an unending and unconditional love. He knows we sin; that’s why He died. He forgave all our past sins on the cross, and He removed that worldly heart and filled us with His Spirit so that we come to Him and be a friend to Him, as well. There is nothing too great and nothing too menial to discuss with God. We are His children; we are the love of His life. Jesus is our friend and He is always here for us.
But one day, Jesus is going to change His hat! Very soon, God is going to call His children home in what we know as the “rapture”, and when we leave, God’s Spirit leaves with us. That means that His Spirit will no longer be on this earth, and the world is going to face a terrible seven years of absolute fear and agony that’s smothered in sin. God is going to pour His wrath out upon all those who chose to live in sin rather than accept the salvation of Jesus. Then at the end of that tribulation, Jesus is going to return—not as a Savior this time, but as a King!
We know that no one lives forever on this earth, but our soul will live forever, and each person ever born will stand before Jesus one day. No one will escape Him. Sinners will stand before the Great White Throne to be judged by….Jesus. No more mercy, no more grace. The time to choose will have ended; this will be a time of judgment. We who love Jesus now, who have Jesus for a friend now will stand before the Judgment Seat, not to have our souls judged but to receive rewards for the works we did in His name and to His glory.
Friend or foe? God has allowed us to choose who we will serve. We can face Jesus now, repent of our sins and be filled with His Spirit and follow Him with a whole heart by reading the Bible, and spending time in prayer and worship—or we can face Him later on, not as a friend but as a judge, as a foe who will condemn us for the sin in us. His heart will grieve for the lost, but God promised that sin would be punished, and if you have sin in your heart because you didn’t make Jesus your Savior, then sadly, you get the punishment of sin.
There is no one who will ever love us like God does. Throughout our entire lifetime, from conception to death, Jesus is here ready to forgive and willing to help. He is our friend and our comforter. He hates sin and hates the evil that is destroying people. As believers, we need to share His love with others because everyone should be given a chance to know Jesus as a friend; no one will want to know Him as their foe.
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