By JIM McDONALD
God created everything and then us so we could live and prosper and give Him pleasure. We failed by disobeying Him. Ultimately due to our sin, He made Christmas and Good Friday, which provided a new avenue for us to draw near to Him through Jesus.
Then Jesus rose from death’s grip so everyone throughout history could know His abounding love and be saved for life outside of time in eternity. Everyone will live forever someplace. We get to decide if that will be in paradise or in the place of punishment. Since the word now is used in the King James version of the Bible 1,373 times, it may be an indication that the time for our choice is always now. Remember, Jesus said, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on His throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 3:20-21 NIV.) Christians have a mandate to speak God’s word so everyone can hear the gospel. Let’s exit our congregations and witness as we ought so the world may know.
Jim McDonald is a member of Wylie United Methodist Church and the Abilene Association of Congregations.