Eternal Decisions

You could see it in his eyes. The man was angry as he stormed into a garage where he had purchased an expensive battery for his car just six months earlier.

“Listen,” he grumbled to the owner of the garage, “when I bought this battery, you said it would be the last battery my car would ever need.”

“Yep. That’s right,” said the mechanic.

“Well,” said the man, getting even more irate, “It only lasted six months.”

“Sorry,” said the mechanic, “I didn’t think your car would last longer than that.”

Your time on this planet does not last very long at all.

Life on earth is short, and it’s getting shorter every day.

During our brief span on earth, however, we have opportunities to make eternal decisions.

Two incredibly important decisions that you make will affect eternity.

First – the decision to ask Jesus to be your Savior and your Lord.

The Bible says:

“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Whether you spend eternity in Heaven or in Hell depends on this one decision: What have you done with Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

My deepest prayer for everyone reading this message is that you will place your faith in Jesus to receive His gift of eternal life.

It’s the most important decision you can make during your lifetime.

But there’s a second decision – the decision to live your life for God’s glory.

Once you’ve been saved, you have a day-by-day, moment-by-moment responsibility to decide to follow Jesus and to please Him with your life.

The Bible says that a day is coming when “we all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

The judgment seat of Christ is for saved people only. Its purpose is not to determine whether or not you go to Heaven. Every person at the judgment seat will go to Heaven. The purpose, instead, is to measure how faithfully we have lived each day for Jesus.

Again, whether you live your life for God’s glory is an eternal decision. It affects the rewards you will receive in Heaven, but it also affects whether those around us will spend eternity in Heaven. Simply put: if we don’t live for Jesus, if we don’t share the message of Jesus with others, and if we don’t pray for lost people to come to Jesus, some of them will miss Heaven.

Today, commit yourself, as a believer, to live for Jesus, and simply to be faithful.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!

Suggested Bible Reading

1 Corinthians 3:10-15

Prayer Guide

Today as you pray …

Thank God for saving you.

Pray that today you will live for Him.

Ask Him to deliver you from the tragedy of a life built with “wood, hay, and stubble.”

Ask for grace to build a life that matters for eternity.

Give Him glory for working in your life and using you.

 

Pray for opportunities today to share Jesus Christ with others.