Balancing Preaching, Worship and Fellowship

In I Samuel 20, David when speaking to his friend said, “there is but a step between me and death”. He realized that life was short and death certain. When we realize our mortality, we realize that our life is really short and that eternity is sure. The Bible teaches that it is appointed to man that we will die once and then the judgment will follow (Hebrews 9:27). The key is to be prepared for that judgment.

Our problem is that God is absolutely holy and we are sinful. We are sinners by nature and choice. Romans 3:23 tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. God has his standard for righteousness called the 10 commandments. We all fail to meet this standard and so fall short of His glory.

Because of our failure to meet God’s requirements or standards, we have earned God’s wrath or judgment. Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death. We have earned eternal punishment in hell.

The good news is that Jesus Christ came to this earth, lived a sinless life and died to pay the penalty for our sins. I Peter 3:18 says, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.”

Jesus died in our place on the cross and rose again offering to us the gift of eternal life.

We simply need to accept this free gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23). We cannot earn it but can only receive it. Romans 10:13 says, “for whoever calls on the name of LORD shall be saved”. The offer is open to anyone. The Bible says, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10)

Would you be willing to do that today? 

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.” (II Corinthians 6:2)