As a child, I was blessed to grow up in the country. In fact, the nearest neighbors were across the field, and they were our cousins. Directly in front of our house was, and is, the family country store that my grandfather owned for years. Just up the hill is where we would spend our time in church, in fact, its the building in which my mother did her early schooling. So, I know a thing or two about being in the same location, with the same people for a consistent amount of time.
I can remember playing in the fields and fishing on the river and going for walks all through the surrounding countryside. And to this day, I can remember playing with my toy airplanes and spaceships, along with my brother, in the backyard. My mother use to say, the country is a great place to raise boys. As an adult, I can agree with that statement.
But as every adult knows, life changes! And sometimes it changes so fast it will make your head spin. But that’s OK, as long as the change is focused on truth and not just emotion. Emotions often get us in trouble. Not because emotions are bad, they are not. God gave us emotions to help us experience life. But unfortunately, emotions often get us in trouble because they make us think things that may not be accurate. For example, a person can be upset about something and not want to eat. But that doesn’t change the truth that the human body needs nourishment, even if the mind is not ready for it.
But back to the point. Growing up in that environment taught me many valuable lessons. But the one lesson I learned best is that life can often leave people in a tailspin. In other words, life for many people is riddled with situations and circumstances that leave people full of fear and anxiety and doubt and confusion. But God does not want us to live that way.
According to John 10:10 (NASB) 10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. The thief is Satan, the arch enemy of God and the “I” is Christ, who came into the world to save us from God’s judgement on sin. If you notice, Satan, God says, is the one who is like a thief who creeps in quietly and unnoticed for the purpose of stealing from us and killing us and ultimately to destroy us. But Jesus came to give us life, eternal life with Him and an abundant life.
Now that abundant life is not necessarily speaking about this life, but the next. However, because Jesus is God who took on human flesh and lived in this world as both God and man, He put Himself under all the temptations this world has to offer. Even the things we experience regularly in both mind and body. But He never gave in to sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NASB) 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. In other words, Jesus came into this world sinless and remained sinless. But while he was on the cross He took on himself all the sins of mankind, to pay the price the Father required of all who sin, death, eternal death. John 8:24 (NASB) 24 “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
So because God died for our sins, we are free from judgement that leads us to death. Oh, we will die physically, because God placed a curse on the earth and all that is a part of it when Adam and Eve first sinned. But our spirits will live forever. John 11:25-26 (NASB) 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. “
But unfortunately, our world doesn’t understand this beautiful truth. The truth that God loves His creation and made a way for them to be set free from the bondage of judgement and eternal death. John 3:16 (NASB) 16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. This lack of understanding of God’s love for the world, puts them in a terrible tailspin.
The tailspin the world is caught up in is thinking that they are OK spiritually and in every other way. And that when the end of life comes, everything will just shake out, so to speak. But like when my brother and I pretended to be flying our model airplanes and put them in a tailspin crashing to the ground, so are people lives who think they are OK.
Without the knowledge of the truth of God and what He has done, leaves people thinking they are OK, when they are not. And that misunderstanding or lack of willingness to learn about God’s love, whatever way you want to describe it, has driven our culture into jumping from one experience to another and from one relationship to another with no real commitment to anything or anyone, just so they can live the life they want for themselves. All the while, in the background, Satan is pulling them closer to his eternal hell, while the people think everything is rosy.
Please understand, as much as this sounds discouraging, it is not for those who see the truth and act on it. The true Christian spends his or her life, doing all they can to help people see the truth, before it is too late for them.
So, it is our prayer at LHBC, that we would have the opportunity to share the love of God with everyone. Because the truth is, people are going to be greatly surprised one day when they realize everything God has said in His Word, the Bible is true.
Why don’t you take just a few minutes to read some of the Bible. It is God’s Word to us. And start in the New Testament, that’s the second part. Begin in the book of John. Because John describes the life of Jesus as the only true God who came to earth to rescue us from the darkness of sin and Satan’s temptations to keep us blinded to the truth.