In olden times, before going to bed, little children used to sit in their grandmother’s lap and ask her to tell them some fairy tales and stories of animals or dragons. Grandma was expected to satisfy the children’s hungry imaginations with an exciting story that might have a hidden lesson. (In fact grandmas used to be living encyclopedias for their grandchildren.) After the story, the little children would slip into the valley of dreams, sometimes becoming a part of the tale they heard from grandma.
One of the stories grandmother’s told was about an innocent dove and a shrewd cat. The story tells how the dove saw a cat and became frightened, because the cat could devour her. Terrified, the dove closed her eyes to hide from the sight of ferocious cat. She thought that if she could not see the cat, the cat could not see her. But Dove forgot that the eyes of Cat were open to catch her and make her his prey. While Dove was feeling hidden and safe, Cat pounced, and soon he was enjoying a wonderful feast of dove.
Though this story was told to entertain children, it carries a big message for lost brethren. Let us understand this story in the context of our lives.
My brethren, you close your eyes, kneel down and worship false prophets or idols or even scriptures of various religions, feeling that you have hidden yourself from the ferocious teeth of death. Death just laughs at your innocence, as your closed eyes do not safeguard your soul. You pray before so-called men of God, for your deliverance from the punishment of your sins. You worship those who are also under the yoke of sin. They will also face the wrath of the Lord for their transgressions. They may be worse sinners than you, for they themselves trample and lead you on the road of destruction. They have strengthened your unbelief against God. Finally they will also be in queue with you before the judgment seat on the Day of Judgment. Like Dove, you hide yourselves in their shadow and feel comfortable keeping a false hope of escape from eternal death.
Let us presume that the prophets you worship were righteous people and lived a holy life. Do you think their good deeds are going to be credited to your account for your salvation? Will your kneeling down before them or their images wash away your sins that are written in God’s ledger? Have those prophets ever said that they will take away your sins? No scripture that you worship gives assurance for your deliverance. Rather they speak loudly, “Your account will be opened by the Lord to weigh your deeds for the granting of eternal life or eternal death.” Do you know that your sins or virtues are not even accountable to your own children? If your children cannot inherit your legacy of virtue, how do you expect to be the heir of those men of God who are not even distantly related to you? Open your eyes and discard this deceptive belief: otherwise you will meet absolute ruin. The Word of God says, “The soul who sins shall die”. This is the verdict of God for you. I only want to give you a shake so that you wake up, at least now.
The Word of God says that three of the most righteous men of all time were Noah, Job and Daniel. Then it says that even they could not save their own children by their righteousness. How do you expect that kneeling down before so-called men of God will save you from the fire of hell? Do you know the command of God about whom you should worship?
Thus spoke God: – I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me… (Exodus 20:1-5)
What do you gain in worshipping these prophets or images or scriptures? You place them above God the Creator and invite His wrath upon you and your family. Save yourself from the wrath of God, as He is a jealous God. He does not accept that you should worship anything other than Him. Do you know that sicknesses you suffer are for your sins against Him? Do not deceive yourself. Do not close your eyes and fall into the trap of death but keep your eyes open and worship Him, and seek His forgiveness of your sins. He is very kind and merciful God. He will talk to you when you clear the fog of falseness you created around yourself.
You are suffering from another false belief that all roads lead to the same destination. This is for your short-sightedness. You know that you carried your dead ancestors to the graveyard. For you, the journey ends in the graveyard. But, beyond graveyard, your sins will lead you either to the fire of hell or to His free gift of eternal life. He will grant you eternal life in His Heavenly Kingdom.
You know that Jesus resurrected from the grave on the third day and He is the living God. He gave defeat to death, not only for Himself but also for you and me. We too will resurrect after death and live, in everlasting life with Him in His Heavenly Kingdom. Get yourself prepared for the resurrection, accepting Jesus as your Savior. He has paid the price for your redemption, but you must accept His free gift of eternal life by acknowledging Him as your Savior. You are born in flesh and your body is corruptible. It will perish. To have an incorruptible body, you have to be born of God’s Spirit. Your sinful body of flesh and blood cannot enter the Heavenly Kingdom, as nothing unholy will see the Holy One.
Remember, you may accept Jesus as your Savior only while you live on this earth. Once you die, you permanently lose the free gift of eternal life. There is no second chance for it.
It is the ‘END TIME’ of this world. His second coming could be any moment. So don’t delay accepting the free gift of eternal life in Heaven. ‘Today’ may be the last day for you or for the creation. The Lord may come any time. There may not be any tomorrow for this earth and for everything in it. Accept Him now and just now.
Remember the grant of eternal life or eternal death is in the hands of the Savior who paid the price for our sins through His blood on the cross.
Read the following verses with me: –
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.
I accept that I have sinned. I hope you would agree that you too have sinned. No one born of woman is sinless.
Romans 6:23: “for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
We have just confessed that we have sinned and fallen short. We are in areal mess because the wages of sin is death (eternal separation from God). We are sinners and on our own, we are absolutely without hope. But the good news comes in the second half of the verse. We do not have to suffer this spiritual death on account of our sins because the “Gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. He lived a perfect life and died on the cross as our substitute and paid the penalty for our sins. He graciously offers us forgiveness for our sins and eternal life in heaven as a free gift. The gift is one we could never earn or obtain at our own. It is not enough to know: we must accept it.
Romans 10:13: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If we are willing to humbly receive Jesus as our Savior, we will be saved.
Come, be my companion and follow the Lord to claim the FREE GIFT OF “ETERNAL LIFE”.
Know your God: – All the gods and goddesses of the world came to punish sinners. They came equipped with weapons to kill you and me. They preached against sinners and put sinners to death to make us understand the way of righteousness. Tell me, are there any of your gods who loved sinners? Who loved, lived and ate with sinners like you and me? You will not find a single god other than Jesus who loved lived and ate with prostitutes and the corrupt people of society. You know all His apostles were from low and discarded lower communities of the world. Read the Holy Word of God: –
Mathew 9:10-13; “And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, why eats your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, they that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that means, I will have mercy and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
See His love for you and me. He sacrificed His Holy blood on the cross for saving sinners of all generations from the beginning to the end. We have acknowledged that we are sinners. Come and let us know our God, the only Savior, and follow Him.
There is a wide gap between “Religions” and “Faith in Him”
The theology of religions is “DO IT”. You try to do good deeds like praying, being good to others, or giving money to the poor, but you never know how many good deeds you have to do to secure heaven. Your credit report is hidden from you. You can never do enough to reach His standard of judgment.
The Lord says “DONE”. Jesus has done for us what we could never do. He lived a perfect life and died as our substitute and paid for our sins.
Come and claim your “FREE GIFT” of eternal life, just accepting Jesus as your Savior. Remember, you cannot wash your sins on your own but only He who paid the price for your sins through His holy blood on the cross can set you free.
Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
You may carry the burden of your sins on your own and land up in hell or throw it on the shoulders of Jesus and have eternal life in Heaven. Choice is yours.
Open your eyes and follow Him who said: –
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? I Corinthians 15:55
Listen to His gentle voice and follow Him. He is calling you.
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Mathew 11:28