What is it we think when we wake up every morning to start our day? Do we say to ourselves this is a new day? Do we think to ourselves this is the first day of the rest of our lives what will I do with it? There is a country song out there that talks about living each day as if it will be the last day of our natural lives. Sounds kind of morbid at first, but is it?
The Bible is made up of 66 books that span about 1500 years. Most of the authors never knew each other nor knew what the other wrote. Sounds hard to believe given most lived in the same country, but they didn't have the libraries or internet we have today. What's the point? One of these books is called Mathew. He was one of the disciples and apostles of Jesus Christ. He has recorded in Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. These words can mean different things to different people, but one meaning we can all agree on is that right now is all we are guaranteed in life. There are some, sadly, that may not even live to the end of reading this article. Others will still be kicking ninety years from now.
That being established, what are we doing with the time we have? What is important given we may not see tomorrow? C. S. Lewis wrote a short story titled "The Great Divorce". It is not about a broken marriage as we are used to thinking. The relationship between us and Jesus Christ is bride and groom. We are the bride and he is the groom. This is laid out in Ephesians chapter 5. The story is about how we keep our commitment to the relationship.
Perhaps at this point I will be preaching to the choir, but I'll take that chance. There are many of us who understand the true importance of knowing where we will spend eternity. Death is not the end, it is only the beginning in as much as eternity is a much longer time than the few short years we have on this planet earth. Knowing this what are we doing to share the good news?
What is the good news? Man has been around for thousands of years now. No matter if you are talking to a true believer and creationist or one who believes in evolution. All can agree mankind has been around for a long time. Guess what? So has sin. Sin entered into our very being by one man. We have all inherited this sin. Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 6:23 says the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. However, there is good news. Romans 5:8 says that God demonstrates his love for us in this; at just the right time, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Wow, what an important concept. This means that while we were so offensive and weak to the point of not being able to not only comprehend just how evil our hearts are, but completely powerless to change it on our own...he reached down to us with pure complete love and lowered himself to our level and died for us.
Why would he die for us some may ask? Simple. When we break a law whether natural or man's law there are consequences. If I jump off a very high cliff with no means of saving myself from the fall I will die. That simple. One of Sir Isaac Newton's laws of physics. If I break a manmade law I will suffer the consequences depending on the law I break. Now imagine someone else stepping in and taking that consequence for you. That is exactly what happened. While we were deserving of eternal death according to Romans 3:23 God knew we were completely powerless to save ourselves. He took this for us.
Does this save us from this mortal life? No. It is appointed to all men to die once, that being this natural physical death. However, after that there is the spiritual death in the lake of fire. How do we avoid this? First we need to accept the fact that God loved us so much that he was willing to do this. We have all seen the famous verse John 3:16 at so many football games it is hard to know just how many. Why? What does it say? It says for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall have everlasting life. That word begotten is important. It means loosely that while Jesus is the Son of God born of a Virgin Mary, he is able to make us all sons of God.
How? Romans 10:9 says that if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead we will be saved. Saved from what? Saved from that lake of fire for eternity. God has made it that easy for us. All we have to do is ask Jesus Christ to forgive us our sins, for we are all sinners, and ask him to live in our hearts. This is stated in Revelations 3:20. Behold he stands at the door of our hearts and is knocking and if anyone will open this door and let him in then he will sup with us and we with him.
There is not one thing you can do to pay for this gift. It is impossible. It is a completely free gift offered to all people young and old, men and women, of all nations and race. Absolutely no exceptions. It is completely free to everyone.
Author of Death of a Green Soldier
Messiah or AntiChrist
by Michael Wright
Jan 5, 2014
In January 2013, the cover of Newsweek has an interesting title. It says The Second Coming: America expects; can he deliver. The pope of the Catholic Church has released a statement that says, "You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don't believe and who don't seek the faith. I start by saying -- and this is the fundamental thing -- that God's mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart. The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience." It is alarming to have these statements even raised to begin with.
Michael Wright is a resident of Albuquerque, N.M. After an honorable discharge from the United States Army, Michael Wright earned his master's degree in Secondary Counseling and worked with troubled teens for more than 20 years. He has recently published a 374 page book called Death of a Green Soldier which was released on June 20th. All proceeds from the sales of Death of a Green Soldier will go toward a missionary mission to the Philippines.
Control Freak: Take Responsibility for Your Own Life (Part 1 of 2)
By Michael Wright
Dec 29, 2013
There have been so many reports of people who lost health insurance while trying to apply as law-abiding citizens. Many were given Medicaid when they were not applying for it. Some had rates rise far greater than they could ever afford to pay. The most concerning is the idea that once given the information the program can be hacked by professional hackers and all your information is now in the hands of people who are less than honest. It is hard to know who is in control.
Life Lessons from Sir Isaac Newton
by Michael Wright
Dec 13, 2013
It has been proven over and over that two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Think about car accidents: it seems drivers are always trying to prove this theory false. Sometimes the result of testing this theory is very traumatic and sometimes it's almost comical. Sadly, too many times it ends tragically.
Lost in Teen - Part 1
Dec 4, 2013
After putting his books back in his locker, Mark found his way to the exit doors where Jeff and Matt were waiting for him. They walked quietly from school to Jeff's house. It was good to feel the warmth of the sun on them this unusually warm fall day. The color of the leaves was growing bright. This made it more enjoyable to all of them as they walked through the historic small town.