So today is March 16th, 2013.
I woke up this morning, determined. I had been feeling down and depressed all week long for some strange reason. I couldn’t find the strength, no, the will to sit my butt down on a chair and write anything. By the way, for those that claim to be writers, it isn’t writing unless you’re actually writing. One trick I learned from a teacher of mine in the past is that there’s a simple formula in writing. It’s as easy as 1-2-3. What is it? The formula is…(drumroll please)… ass to chair, pen to paper (fingers to keyboard).
Sit there. No matter how long it takes. Sit and eventually something magical will begin to happen to you. You’ll end up with the next project that either sells for millions, wins an Oscar, or impact someone’s life. Wouldn’t that be something if all three happened?
But enough about that.
I couldn’t find the will to sit my butt down on a chair and write anything. Until this morning. I got up and did my normal routine and finally sat down in front of my laptop and what do I see? The date 3/16.
That’s right. 3/16. A lot of you know where I’m going with this. Unfortunately, a few of you don’t. My job is to shed that light for you :)
Anywho, it immediately made me think about John 3:16. Y’know, from the Bible. John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
From the Bible.
Growing up in the church my entire, yes, my ENTIRE life (notice the emphasis on entire), there was no scripture that they hammered more into our heads as children than John 3:16. John 3:16. John 3:16. Where I come from, you would be a fool not to know that verse. “For that verse (in my theological scholar voice) is the verse to carry all verses. That verse is more important than life itself”.
Honestly, I believe that too.
So, here we are with these words. God loved the world so much that He gave His ONLY Son? If I believe in His Son, Jesus, I will have everlasting life? Really?
I didn’t come here to preach or anything of the sort. This post was really inspired from a thought to myself as soon as I saw the date. I thought, “I wonder, how many churches or ministries are out and about knocking on doors or having some type of program reflecting today’s date, 3/16. Hmm. I wonder how many JOHN’S are out and about doing the work. I wonder.”
It’s no secret.
I’m a Christian and I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and died for my sins so that I could be with God again in Heaven when I die and that in three days after His death He rose with all power being equal with God and gives me the power to do incredible works beyond what He did by the power and authority of the Holy Spirit, which makes up the other third of the Holy Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Chew that up.
That’s what I believe. As crazy as that may sound, lol, that’s what I believe.
And it’s great if you do too. It really is. Living a life pleasing to God doesn’t mean you’re a stiff. It doesn’t mean you’re wack or you’re lame. It means, you can acknowledge that there is something, someOne greater than yourself that exists and rules in an invisible world working things out for you in your favor and loves you for you. Suffering on the earth? That’s inevitable. Sickness? A part of life. My mother has often taught me that there is a lesson in every experience in the earth. It’s up to us to acknowledge it, accept it, learn the lesson, and move forward.
Now, don’t get me wrong. This life isn’t easy, breezy, beautiful at times. It can be very frustrating, demanding, time consuming, even boring (if you let it be), but one thing you should always carry with you is hope. Believing in Jesus (and the end results for my life) have been really trying and confusing sometimes, only because I allowed it to be, but having hope in something as extraordinary as Heaven makes it all worthwhile to me.
I posted something like this in 2011 as we reflected on May 21st as judgment day according to one…influencer. The post is, No one knows…not even the Son. Below is what I wrote towards the end of the post. For whatever it’s worth and whoever it’s for, may God’s love always bless you and keep you and never lead you astray. No good thing will He withhold from the upright.
If someone asks you, if you died tonight, where would your soul spend eternity, and you answer Heaven, great…but why?
Please keep reading.
If someone asks you the same question and you are unsure of where (Heaven or Hell)…
Please keep reading.
If your answer was Hell to that question…
DEFINITELY keep reading…
Only because God loves you too much for you to risk your life after death over ignorance.
Because you feel as though you’re “a good person”, doesn’t give you access to Heaven. Because you “feed the hungry”, doesn’t mean you have access to Heaven. Because you’re “nice to your neighbor” doesn’t give you access to Heaven. Because you don’t “gossip or start mess” doesn’t mean you have access to Heaven. The bible shares with us that the only TRUE way to Heaven is by confessing and accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Romans 10: 9-10…
9Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.
If you are unsure about how you will spend eternity and/or if you feel as though you would spend eternity in Hell, please pray this prayer with me out loud…
Father God…I come to You as humbly as I know how as a broken and a weak sinner. I recognize and understand that I am blessed to even have this opportunity to come into Your presence. I am so unworthy of Your time. I am so worthy of hell’s unquenchable fire. But because You sent Jesus to die on the cross for my sins, I have hope. I now ask You to forgive me of every sin that I have committed unto You. Every sin that I knew I was committing and every sin that I did not know I was committing, Father please forgive me. I know that I am so undeserving of Your grace and Your mercy, but God I ask that you would please grant me mercy out of the Love in Your heart for Your children. I believe that You sent Your only begotten Son Jesus to save me. You gave Him up to die, be buried, and be resurrected for all of my sins, and God I thank You for that. I now receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in my heart, mind, body, and spirit. I thank You for Your forgiveness. I thank You for Your grace and Your mercy. I thank You for my life and the life of Your Son, and now my brother, Jesus Christ. Father, I ask that You keep Your precious hand upon me and my life and that the blood of Jesus will always protect me from harm. For I believe in Your Word, the words in John 3:16, for YOU so loved the world, that You gave Your only begotten Son. For whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. I thank You for saving me. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.
If you said that prayer out loud and believe it sincerely, you have just received salvation, one of the most blessed gifts of God. I can’t be there in front of you, but imagine me being there and giving you a BIG, GIANT HUG for accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior!!
Congratulations. It’s official.
We’ll talk soon.
Celebrating your victory,