"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
"WOULD I RATHER WHAT?!"
You know... the game where you have to choose what you would rather do. Would you rather live life without sugar or without salt? Would you rather go a day without sleep or a day without eating? The game I would rather not play, because it's pointless, but at the same time it's fun wondering what the next question is going to be.
This next question will go from 0 to 100... real quick. Would you rather spend an eternity with God in heaven, or an eternity wishing you did?
"I think I see where you're going with this."
Well, do you? It's very easy to assume we know where people are going in the conversation by hearing what the initial words are, but the entire context of a conversation isn't always the same as the beginning. What you are going to hear is good news, but it's definitely not going to be as common as what you're used to.
"What I'm used to?"
Yeah. You know, you can do anything you set your mind to. Be around people who are positive thinkers, who are on the same page as you. These types of thoughts may be what you are used to. The ultimate question of the day is, is it what God wants for you, or is it what YOU want for you?
"What does God want?"
Well, what's close to the heart of God is true, unhindered relationship with us. The bible says that His will is that none shall perish.
"Why does He say it like that?! It's almost like He's saying-"
Yup, you guessed it. He's getting at the fact that there WILL be people who DO perish.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
1. THERE WAS A PRICE TO PAY FOR US
Now, He wouldn't have had to send His son if there was nothing wrong with us. So what is wrong with us? Well, each and every day we tend to put other things before God, whether it's our daily routine or daily habits. In our sin nature, we are always doing something that displeases God. The first step is realizing it, and the second step is to intentionally live your life to please God. This life is not about you, though you are always told it is by many outlets. It's about God, who loved you enough to save you from... yourself.
"Why do I need saving from myself?"
2. WE CANNOT ESCAPE DEATH ON OUR OWN
The bible says all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23). This means there is absolutely no way we could save ourselves. This means there is absolutely no way for us to escape eternal death. This, my friends, is why He sent His perfect son to live the life we couldn't, so in turn He could intercede on our behalf, as soon as we come to Him and confess with our mouths that He is Lord, in believe in our hearts that God the father raised Him from the dead. (Roman's 10:9)
"Is that all?"
Not quite. You can believe it all you want, but if you do not realize that the very reason Christ had to come was to bear our sins on a rugged old wooden cross, beaten, dispised, and rejected, then you really don't truly believe in Jesus.
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
1 John 1:9
3. BELIEVE IT ALL
This is where faith comes in to play. Many people don't understand faith, so they write it off as "stupid blind faith." If only they understood the definition of faith, which is described in the bible as "the substance of things hoped for, and evidence of things unseen."
For example, you hope to wake up in the morning, and you can see the evidence of that very real possibility, even though you can't physically see tomorrow for what it is, or if you will even wake up. We operate in faith every single day, but we just don't realize it. We don't think about it, so it's easy to take for granted that we will just be here tomorrow. I'm sure this is what many think, until their lives were ended abruptly due to a tragedy. I don't need to bring up recent events, but I know you get the point. Everyday is on the basis of faith, whether you realize it or not.
"For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness."
Psalm 84:10 NKJV
4. THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HEAVEN
one can only imagine what heaven must be like, if king David wouldn't mind being a mere doorkeeper. The verse does the description of heaven justice, because all we are living in now is tents compared to what heaven is going to be like. Most people who consider it a fairytale have not found themselves at a point where all they can do is look up, hoping there is a heaven and that this world can't be the end. That's because it isn't the end, and God is true to His word, a word that He protected throughout the ages and you can rest in the fact that He is the sovereign God of heaven. This world may be disappointing, but it only points to the one who will never disappoint.