When you feel lost, where do you go for direction?
When you feel empty, where do you turn for fulfillment?
When you search endlessly for something, anything, to fill up that blank space inside, does it fill or does it stay empty – leaving you to continue searching?
Do you try to find the answers in a pill?
Do you try to find relief from the pain and shame in a bottle?
Do you hop from one thing to another because nothing ever satisfies?
Do you endlessly seek out new things, only to find they are empty and UNsatisfying?
Do you try to fill up your life with things, hoping that one of them will be what you are looking for? Only to find out that what you thought was gold is actually painted tin, not worth much of anything?
Do you even realize that there is a reason for these feelings?
A reason – and a remedy that can only be fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ.
Now, if we search – honestly and openly – within ourselves – we will find that this is true.
Jesus even promised this:
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:
I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly.”
So, how can we know this?
God put in each of us an innate sense of His being – a knowledge that He exists – and His existence is evident in the world that is all around us – His creation that shows His power, might and glory.
Romans 1.19 :
“Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them;
for God hath shewed it unto them.”
He placed in us a longing for Himself and His love and mercy; because He loves us with a deep, abiding, all inclusive love that yearns for us to love Him in return.
John 3.16-17 :
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;
but that the world through him might be saved.”
So, along with a free will, He gave each of us an awareness of Himself, and it is our choice and responsibility to either acknowledge His existence or deny His existence. That choice and its consequences have firmly and irrevocably been put into our hands so we are without excuse.
Romans 1.20 :
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world
are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made,
even his eternal power and Godhead;
so that they are without excuse.”
It is by our own willful choice and decision that our eternal future is decided:
Acknowledgment and acceptance of God’s Son Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord – an eternity in heaven.
Denial and refusal of Jesus – an eternity in hell.
I’ve heard it said, (and have had family and friends get angry with me at the mistaken belief) that Christianity is too exclusive – that it is not fair that only those that have given their lives to Christ will enter heaven.
And my answer to that is that, in fact, Christianity is the most INclusive ‘religion’ – not the most exclusive.
2 Peter 3.9 :
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,
as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward,
not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance.”
God wants ALL to come to repentance. And Jesus said that all who believe in Him will have eternal life – eternity with Him in His kingdom.
“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you
these things in the churches.
I am the root and the offspring of David,
and the bright and morning star.
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.
And let him that heareth say, Come.
And let him that is athirst come.
And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
Whosoever will … that means you, too.
WHOSOEVER will ……
© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2021