What is Your Life?

Do you know that death is a reality? Many think otherwise. But what we think cannot alter the facts. Death is a reality but the grave is not the end. It is just a change to the unseen world for better or for worse. The Bible declares, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the Judgment."(Heb. 9:27.) "For the living know that they will die ... " (Eccles. 9:5.)

What are you doing with your life? In our hedonistic age where every fashion is designed to seduce, many have shown by their countenance, appearance, demeanor, and comportment that they think their lives are in their hands to control and that they still have more years to live. Hear the Psalmist: "For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous whom the Lord abhorreth. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. He hath said in his heart I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity." (Ps. 10:3-11.) What is your life? Think of the consequences of your stand. You allow history to repeat itself rather than repealing itself. For tonight your soul may be required of you. (Luke 12:16-26.)

What are you thinking about which makes you too proud to obey God? Vanity of vanities, all is vanity! (Eccies.1:2.) Or have you been contemplating when and how to have life in Christ? Then take up your Bible and read! The answer is right there in your Bible. For our God is a loving Father who does not want us to perish in our sins but to have life. (2 Peter 3:9; John 10:10.)

When: It is now. Don't delay. For now is your salvation nearer than when you believed. (Rom. 13:11.) Today is the acceptable time for tomorrow may be too late. (2 Cor. 6:2.) Why boasteth thou of tomorrow? It may never be. (Prov. 27:1; Eccles. 8:7.) For tomorrow is but a vision and your yesterday is but a dream. Today well-lived will make tomorrow a vision of hope and your yesterday a dream of happiness. For in its brief course lies all the verity and reality of your existence. (Matt. 6:34.)

We now come to the "how" of the question. How to come to Jesus is simple. He did not want you to believe in some fantastic scheme. Have you not deemed it simple just to believe the gospel?

Jesus lived, died, and rose from the dead. This is the gospel. (1 Cor. 15:14.) Do you believe this fact? You are now left with a command to obey. Jesus gave this command as a pre-requisite for salvation:

a. Believe in Jesus. (Acts 16:31; Jn. 8:24; Heb. 11:6.) Believing that He is able to save you from your sins. (Matt 1:21.)

b. Repent of your sins. For all have sinned and come short of God's glory. (Rom. 3:23.) Except we repent we shall all perish. (Luke 13:3-5; Acts 3:19.)

c. Confession must be made of His name if you desire to be justified and forgiven. Confessing Him as the Son of God. ( Acts 8:37.) This is necessary because some fail to confess Him lest they be put out of the synagogue. (Jn. 12:42; 9:22.) Therefore confession is necessary. (Rom. 10:9-10.)

d. Baptism. This is the last step which puts one into Christ. (Gal. 3:27.) It makes one to identify with the facts of the gospel - with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. (Rom. 6:3-4.) It is the burial which washes our sins away. (Acts 22:16; Col. 2:12.) Moreover it puts one into the body of Christ (Matt. 16:18; Col. 1:18.)
Having done thus you begin to enjoy the promises of God: remission of sins, salvation and the promise of eternal life. You are to live faithfully unto God, until death. (Rev. 2:10; Matt. 24:14; 2 Cor. 5:15.)

Don't be confused concerning which church to join. Don't compare one denomination with another, otherwise you will be more confused. Haven't you found it safe and sound to study the scriptures? The Lord adds you to His body, the church, the moment you obey the gospel commands. (Acts 2:37-47.)

Know what your Bible says for thus it shall be in the last days, there shall arise separatists, a lot of "isms" being offered in the name of Christ, sectarianisms, etc. (1 Cor. 1:10-13; Matt 24:24-25; Acts 20:29-30; Rev. 2:9; 1 Jn 2:18-19.) What is your life? Don't delay.