A lot of people who call themselves Christians don't know that we are called to sacrifice ourselves in our new life. Another word for real Christians is followers of Christ. Because He acted as a servant when He came to earth to be our sacrifice, we should follow that example. In Philippians two, God calls us to imitate Jesus's humility, and in Romans twelve, He tells us to offer ourselves as living sacrifices. Because this is our reasonable service, let's live as humble servants, remembering that all we deserve is death.
In the basement of a prison in Mexico, the kidnapped Winkler family slaved – mopping floors, scraping mold, sweeping, etc. They prayed without ceasing that God would send someone to save them. For two years, they stayed in that basement, waiting for a rescue.
One day, a man showed up in the middle of the night. “I have been sent to take you away,” he said. With smiling faces, they silently and quickly ran away from the prison, all the way to the man’s house.
When they got there, he was kind enough to give them water, jobs, and all of the vegetables that they could pick from his garden. They had been there for a couple months when they said to the man, “back in the prison, we were fed bread, and fruit; why did you take us away, just to feed us worse than we were fed in prison?”
Choking back tears, the man answered, “I took you away from the whipping, and hatred of your master, only to get complaints from you ungrateful people; you are free to leave!”
(This is not a true story, by the way. It's a parable. :))
Happiness is pleasure, contentment, satisfaction, cheerfulness, and so on. Certain people tell you that the way to happiness is by giving yourself everything that you want, but can water parks and television satisfy? Sure, you can enjoy those things for a while, but how long will that last? Will it really give you the fulfillment that you are seeking? True happiness – contentment - is found in one place and one place alone.
Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life! Before I surrendered myself to Jesus, my best day would not compare to my worst day now. I could hang out with friends, laugh, and do all of my favorite things, but I would always feel empty – thirsty for something more. I didn’t know what the “something more” was. Now that I have become a child and servant of the King of Kings, I experience the Water of Life that I have always thirsted for.
I don’t always get what I want, but when I focus on my Savior, I have joy – cheerfulness because of what He has done for me. He gave His Son to die for me, so that I could live with Him forever. The knowledge of this fact gives more joy than you can imagine! I encourage you to think about this. If you are searching for something to fill you – something more, then I would suggest that you call upon the LORD. Living for Him is an impossible task, but He will give you strength and joy when you surrender.
One of the most exciting things that I've read in the Bible is that there is a way to know, without a doubt that you are saved. 1 John 5:13 says, "These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life."
I've been memorizing Bible verses lately. I'd love to share some of them with you:
"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name," (His Name is LORD, Master, etc.)
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life."
"He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,"
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
1 Peter 3:18
"For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;"
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast."
"And He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.'"
"Therefore repent and return (to God), so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;"
Salvation is not on the basis of our deeds. One sin committed equals death. (James 2:10) That would mean that no one could be saved. That's why salvation is on the basis of Jesus's sacrifice. The Bible says that all you have to do is believe - meaning trust, or put your faith in the LORD Jesus Christ.
Most people hope that they will go to heaven when they die, but it's so exciting that there is a way that we can know!
My name is Victoria. I like my friends to call me Tori.