Most people don’t think about dying. Statistics show that 10 out of 10 people die. How and when? Well that varies, but it does happen. When your battery dies what will happen next? I'm glad you asked…many people believe that nothing happens. Think about this, every year there are about 500,000 murders. Out of those murders about 250,000 are solved. Wow, CSI is working over time! If 250,000 people get away with murder how fair is that? They DON’T! The Bible tells us that God sees everything (Psalms 53:1). The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity; There is none that doeth good.
Imagine one day that everything you ever said, you ever did or even thought would be judged! (Revelations 20:15 And if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire.) Just like the 15 minute limit on my junky cell phone our heart beats have a limit, the wild thing is, we don’t know when it’s gonna be all over. It could be 20 minutes or 20 years from now. No matter when we die, the fact is we will all end up dead. I eventually got a new cell phone and
got to start all over with putting in all my contacts...but that's not what happens in life and death. No reincarnation! Most people believe in the golden rule and are generally good. Most believe being good will get them to heaven. Sadly, that isn’t what Jesus said. (Matt 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven. ) Now you might be thinking what is God’s will? A lot of times it depends on who you ask, but what does the Bible say? Keep his commandments! Exodus 20 1-14 tell us what his commandments are.
Take a moment to see if you’ve followed God’s commands.
1. Have no other God’s before me.
(This means you don’t worship anything other than THE God of the Bible.)
2. Have no idols or created images.
(No we aren’t talking about American Idol, Idols are things we worship. Cars, people, TVs movies, video games, cell phones, etc.. you might be thinking how could I worship these things? If you think, "I can't live without ________" that is an idol!!!)
3. Don’t take God’s name in vain
(Wow, lately saying God’s name as a cuss word is the newest fad, whether it shows up in the newest songs or plastered throughout our tv shows and movies, it’s almost cool to say G*D D*MN or Jesus Christ, as a cuss word. God’s name is Holy, and we shouldn’t use it as a curse word!)
4. Honor the sabbath and keep it Holy
(God has set aside a day of rest and worship. When we don’t rest we are out of God’s will. We are also called to worship God on this day. Do you attend church? Or sleep in?)
5. Honor and respect your parents
(Wow, how many times have we blown this one?)
6. Don’t Kill
(Many will say, "that's easy, I haven't killed anyone", but Jesus tells us in Matt 5 that if we hate someone in our heart it’s the same as killing them. Are we still innocent of this one?)
7. Don’t commit adultery
(You might be thinking I haven’t done this! Then again Jesus tells us in Luke 11 that if you even look on a woman or man and lust in your heart you’ve committed adultery!!!)
8. Don’t steal
(Stealing can mean stealing answers on a test, downloading illegal music on the internet or even not being honest on our time cards for work!)
9. Don’t lie
(Anything that bends the truth is a lie. Even little white lies are still lies.)
10. Don’t covet
(Ever seen anything you wanted so bad you’d do anything to get it? This includes the newest cell phone, the hottest video game, that name brand shirt, that vintage sports car, or that new house!)
These are God’s perfect laws and they are just like his character...perfect. We can never be "good enough" and keep these laws. So what are we supposed to do? If we can't follow these laws and get to heaven, what can we do? We can do nothing without Jesus. He lived a perfect sinless life, and died for all the laws we would be breaking in our lifetime. (For the cost of sin is death. Romans 6:23) Now we must acknowledge our sins, trust in Jesus as our savior, and have faith that God has saved us from our sins. That means we are to hate our sins and hold on tight to Jesus, our only hope to get to Heaven. Begin a daily life of a disciple and study Gold’s Word and Pray...yes, I said daily! (See how David acknowledged his sins against God in Psalms 51,
a great model of how to repent of sins!)
The moment you have a new relationship with God is the moment you get a new relation ship with sin. You begin to grow closer to God and further away with your old lifestyle (2 Corth. 1:15) You're a new person now. Just like I got to start over with my new cell phone, you get to start over with God! Study his words, lay down your selfish ways daily (Romans 12:1-2) and become more like him! Something that will help you is to get into a Bible teaching, Bible believing church. Get involved in major Bible Study, clean up your life asking God to help you! REMEMBER to recharge your battery in God’s word and be sure you have a strong signal so you can communicate with God daily. Some of us don't know what we would do if we had to go one day without our cell phones...we should be the same way about our relationship with God. Have you talked to him today? The cool thing is, you NEVER get God's voice mail when you pray! He’s always there to hear us!