Imagine you decided to play the powerball because the jackpot was too large to resist. You know your chances are better you will be struck by lightning, but you buy a ticket anyway. On the night the numbers are called you learn YOUR numbers are the winning ticket. Against all odds you have won! Your life will be changed forever. What incredibly good news!
But then you do something unthinkable. You never cash in your ticket. You stick it in a drawer and forget about it. "I would never do that," you say. The truth is, many millions of people are essentially doing this on a spiritual level.
Let me explain. We are all born into sin and we choose to sin (Rom. 3:10; 3:23). Our sin condemns us to eternal death, eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23a). In this way we are worse off than the person who loses the Powerball and just continues to live his life without repercussions. We are in danger of eternal punishment. But the GOOD NEWS, the gospel, is found in John 3:16. Eternal life is promised to all who would believe on Jesus Christ. That is the eternal good news. It's good news for you. Jesus died for you, to pay the penalty for your sins (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24). You've won the jackpot and your life can be changed forever, but only if you respond.
Romans 10:9-10 tells us the proper response:
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
We need to REPENT (of our sin, turning away from ourselves-notice, we call Jesus LORD-He is in charge, not me) and BELIEVE in the work Jesus did for us. This is how we can be saved from the eternal punishment our sins deserve. The most important question in your life is, "have you responded to the gospel?"
Have you turned to Jesus in faith? You can do it now in your heart. Contact us if you have made this decision. We'd love to talk to you more.