Everyday I get messages from Rick Warren author of the Purpose Driven Life (once again, if you haven't read it, it is a MUST read!!!). Now, Rick isn't just writing to me, lol, but sometimes it really seems like it. Well yesterday I got one that I really did like so I wanted to share it with you.
April 14, 2009
Three Benefits of Good News
by Rick Warren
In our Devotionals series, Pastor Rick Warren discusses the Bible passages that inspire him the most. Today's Devotional is based on this passage:
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23 NLT).
The good news is you're able to enter into a relationship with God through an attitude of trust in Jesus Christ; not through religion, rules, regulations, or rituals.When we trust our lives to Jesus Christ we're given three incredible, fabulous, wonderful benefits. So, when we tell others about the good news, we can let them know:
God forgives your past; he gives you purpose in the present; and, he offers you a future.God forgives your past. None of us are perfect. Everybody has made mistakes. Everyone has skeletons in the closet—things he or she wishes had never happened. God comes along and says, "When you trust Jesus Christ with your life, I take everything you've ever done and wipe the slate clean. You get to start over with a brand-new life."Now, is that good news?
God gives you purpose in the present.
You are not an accident. God created you for a purpose. But you're never going to know God's purpose for your life until you first get to know God. When you get to know God, you're going to know who you are. When you figure out God, you're going to figure out yourself.I meet people all the time who say, "I'm just trying to find myself." You know what—you probably aren't going to like yourself once you find yourself!These people say, "There's something missing in my life." God's missing! You weren't made to live and go through life just on your own power.
God offers you a future.
God gives you a future, a home in heaven. Most people hope they're going to heaven, but they're not sure. Most people think if you do more good in your life than bad, then maybe God will grade on a curve and say, "Okay, you can come in."Wrong! It doesn't work that way. You won't get into heaven on your own power because you're just not good enough.There's only one way we can get into heaven—on somebody else's ticket. Since none of us are perfect, God came to earth in human form as Jesus. Jesus lived a life of perfection. He died on the cross, paid for our sin, and then went back to heaven. Now you get into heaven on his ticket, if you trust him.
Romans 6:23 (NCV) says, "God gives us a free gift—life forever in Christ Jesus our Lord." It's a gift. That means you can't earn it, you can't work for it, and you can't own it in any way.God says, "If you trust My Son with your life, you get forgiveness for your past, a purpose for living in your present, and a home in heaven in the future."
Is that good news?Do you think anybody you know would be interested in that?The world is hungry for good news.
I love it! As I have been trying to make changes in my life (and Lord knows I am not perfect nor do I claim to be), I am trying to make God my reason for everything I do. And let me tell you, change is hard. I talk to my friends now and when and if they have problems and we begin talking about them, one of the first things I will say is " Well you know God said....." and they just kinda look at me like " ahhhhhh aren't you the same one who use to......." Yeah, that's me. I guess everyone has to grow up at some point, even at 36. I just know that our time on Earth is very limited and we need to be talking to as many people as we can about Christ. I am not perfect at it yet, there is still alot I don't know and can't answer, but I am not gong to give up. I love being with my friends here on Earth and can't imagine what it would be like in Heaven without them!!
I love you all bunches!!! Have a great day and Lord willing, we will talk again tomorrow!!!