Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Where is Your Head?

The Bible says in Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it." So what this is saying is there is some distinction between who will enter heaven and who will not. I thought anyone who called on the name of the Lord would be saved-so in my mind that means, those are on one track and those who don't are on the other track...
So why would any distinction need to be made about how wide or narrow the "tracks" were??? To be honest, I know it's pretty SIMPLE the plan that Jesus had for us! We didn't choose him(Adam & Eve), He chose us (sent His son to die) and then gave us a second chance through Jesus' Resurrection and all we have to do is confess our sins & our need for him & humbly accept His plan for us...It can't get any simpler than that!
So how do things get complicated? Well, there obviously is another force at work-that we struggle with on a daily basis. We make choices every day- whether they're thought out and planned, or spur of the moment with no thought. We even make choices based on what other's would want us to do....
The reason I'm talking about this today is because I want to remind you that you are not aimlessly and nonchalantly going through this life without making choices for whatever reason... You ARE making choices every day! Have you ever thought about Why? Why are you doing what you're doing? WHY???? What is the purpose or point? I think you should examine all of the things that really "count" in your life and ask yourself WHY???? Some things you will see are motivated by fear, others by love...most by selfish reasons, some by selfless but what are you doing for Jesus Christ?
If you truly Love Jesus Christ then you will be doing anything you can to be close to him and stay close to him on a daily basis! You will be seeking Him first and His kingdom! You will be shining His light for others to see...You will be giving to the poor and helping widows and orphans. You will have FAITH in a Savior you can't see and your faith, although at times may become weak, will not cease because you are CONVINCED of his faithfulness-b/c you have put Him to the test and He has proved Himself to be TRUE to you!
You will sacrifice ANYTHING for Him! You will give up anything- just to be like Him and to be accepted by Him. You will fear Him and reverence Him and out of humility do WHATEVER he tells you to do! You might even "be hated by all because of His name, but it is the one who endures to the end who will be saved" Matt. 10:22
Is this the salvation that you have? The kind that will last throughout to THE END??? Or is it the kind of salvation that makes you look good in front of your pastor at church on Sundays-but not on Friday nights? Is it the kind of salvation that comes through when you need him- like when you got out of a court sentence when you thought you were gonna "really get it"- or is it the kind of salvation that works because it's your "occupation"....
I don't know what kind of salvation you think you have BUT when God truly saves a person-YOU ARE NO LONGER THE SAME!!!!! 2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creature; the old things have passed away, behold-NEW things have come" You have accepted the forgiveness of your sins being paid-Old value systems, priorities, beliefs, loves, and plans are GONE!!! Evil and sin is still a threat BUT you see it, in a different light! THEY NO LONGER CONTROL YOU!!!
This transformation is a faith that produces works and You are no longer the same!!! I encourage you to SCREW YOUR HEAD ON STRAIGHT today!!! Give some thought today to WHY you're doing what you're doing and if your head and your heart are not in the same place- make whatever changes you have to make in order to please your Heavenly Father who loves you more than you could ever imagine! Who are we to think we have an automatic "pass" because we have memorized 5 Bible verses and accepted Jesus as our Savior as a child, and talk to him when all of a sudden we "need" him???? What kind of relationship is that?
He tells us what is GOOD enough for HIM and what He expects from US! We need to know for ourselves-by reading His words to us! We may get away with a lot of "laziness" from people- BUT that same laziness may keep us out of Heaven! Have you ever thought about that? He's looking straight into our hearts & He is a HOLY GOD- THE ONE and ONLY!!!! The road is narrow, my friend! His GRACE and MERCY are for those on the narrow road-Everything He has is for HIS children-not for Everyone! He chooses and so do we!