I was doing something creative this week that required reading and following a lot of instructions. Guys and instructions don’t get along very well, so I glanced at the pictures and continued on. (Pictures are easier to read.) When I got done with the project, I stood back and admired my success. It looked just like the final picture in the instructions.
While I was cleaning up my mess, I noticed some large, bold words on one of the pages of the instructions saying “WARNING!” That happened to catch my attention, so I picked up the paper and began to read the words under the “Warning Sign.” They told me I needed to use the small packet of adhesive enhancer along with the glue that I did use in certain areas of the project. Well, I did use the glue in those areas, but I did not use the “enhancer.” I had wondered why I had a small packet of something that was semi-liquid left over, but I didn’t give it much attention, I always have something left over when putting things together.
Now I am wondering if I really needed that “enhancer.” Will it really make a difference or was that just an extra step that someone put in those directions? Besides, I have another project that I can use the “enhancer” on, so I guess everything worked out OK. Right?
What usually happens when we don’t follow the instructions? We usually mess things up. I might have messed up my last project. I certainly hope not, but there is a possibility I did.
God has given us His instructions and they are called the Ten Commandments. They are not suggestions. They are His commands to living life. If we follow them, we succeed. If we don’t follow them, we fail. It’s the same way with His instructions about eternal life. If we follow them, we will have eternal life with Him in Heaven. If we don’t follow them, we will have eternal life in hell.
God tells us that we must be born again. It means having a spiritual birth, by accepting Jesus as our Savior and receiving His free gift of eternal life. Yet, many decide to try to work out their own salvation by doing good works, by being a church member, by giving a lot of money to the church, by treating others like they would like to be treated. All of these are good, but none will get us into Heaven. We must do it God’s way by following His instructions. The Bible is clear about this. We must be born again. Unless we are, we can live the life of Mother Theresa and still spend our eternity separated from God.
The Bible tells us there are going to be many “good” people in hell. I know I do not want to spend my eternity in hell, and you probably do not either. So why not start following God’s instructions? His instructions about being born again are found in Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9-10 and Romans 10:13. Also, for those of you who believe you can’t know that you are born again and are going to Heaven please read I. John 5:13. We have been led astray for far too long.
If your pastor or religious leader isn’t telling you what the Bible says about being born again and knowing that you are going to spend your eternity in Heaven, they are a false prophet and you need to run from that church. Listen, would you rather believe a man who is preaching his views or God’s Word that gives us God’s views? It is your choice.
And that is Something to Think About for this week.
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Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at email@example.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.