Life does not end when you die. There is an afterlife, and I am going to use this opportunity to tell you about it. Talking about the afterlife is not an indirect way for you to disengage with the present life, but a motivation for you to make the most of your time on earth. While there are many arguments about which road leads to God and which of God is true, I am not going to dwell on these issues. The reason being that there is not enough room for us to do a comparative study of world religions.
It is important to note that while popular culture classiﬁes Christianity as a religion and tries to compare it with other religions, the truth is that it is not a religion.
Religion is mankind trying their best to reach out to God and please him.
Christianity is the exact opposite because God is the person who is reaching out to mankind and doing all to redeem us. To enjoy this redemption that God is offering, you must follow instructions.
I am writing this with the assumption that you have been reconciled with God and have a relationship with Him. If you do not yet have a relationship with God, I am going to give you the opportunity here to take care of that. This is one of the most important decisions you will ever make and should not take it lightly. I do not want you to allow the failures of other believers that you might have interacted with to prevent you from getting into a personal relationship with your heavenly Father. He has been waiting for you to come home and be reunited with Him.
Here is your opportunity to come home to the fullness of abundant life. All that you need and desire is in God; you will never be forsaken or abandoned.
Let me start by asking you this: do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? This question is being asked because although all roads lead to Rome, not all roads lead to the God of the Bible. Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate, made some exclusive claims when He said,
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (NIV)
This is a bold claim, and Jesus Christ died for standing up for this. He is simply saying that if you want a relationship with the God of the Bible, who is also the creator of heaven and earth, you must pass through Him. If you are not yet a follower of Jesus Christ, here is your opportunity to do so. I suggest this because it is going to get you connected to the source of all things. You will become spiritually alive and will live forever in the presence of God. Raising your child with the fear of God is the best thing you can do for yourself and your child.
The ﬁrst and most important thing to understand is that we have all sinned. In other words, we cannot meet God’s perfect standard, no matter how hard we try. Have you tried on your own to be good and realized the many times you did not measure up? Do you struggle with a void in your heart that nothing has been able to ﬁll, no matter how hard you tried? Are you comparing yourself to others and feeling that you are good because you are better than other people? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to understand that all of us have sinned, just as the following scriptures clearly spell out:
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20)
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as ﬁ lthy rags, and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” (Romans 3:10)
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10)
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)
We have all sinned and need God’s forgiveness. This is the place to start. When you acknowledge this, then you will be able to receive God’s free forgiveness and salvation.
The third crucial thing to understand is the devastating consequences of sin. You may be wondering why sin is such a bad thing and why I am making such a big deal about it. Everybody, including you, should be concerned about the consequences of sin:
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Romans 6:23 ESV
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned. Romans 5:12 ESV
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with ﬁ re and sulfur, which is the second death. Revelation 21:8 ESV
This death is both physical and spiritual. Sin can cause us to die in this life, and if we die in sin, we will be separated from God forever. You do not want this to happen to you and your child or children. You want to be able to live forever in the presence of God. This is why it is crucial to think about the wages of sin.
The fourth crucial step is to ask God to forgive our sins. The good news is that God has already made provision for that and is ready and willing to forgive all our sins.
God has already made the ﬁrst move!
“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.”(John 3:16)
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:25-26)
“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:31)