Monday, August 11, 2008

Our Choice to Make

Today's Daily Soap {Scripture | Observation | Application | Prayer}
  • S: "I've got something to say. Is anybody listening? I've a warning to post. Will anyone notice? It's hopeless! Their ears are stuffed with wax— deaf as a post, blind as a bat. It's hopeless! They've tuned out God. They don't want to hear from me. But I'm bursting with the wrath of God. I can't hold it in much longer. "So dump it on the children in the streets. Let it loose on the gangs of youth. For no one's exempt: Husbands and wives will be taken, the old and those ready to die; Their homes will be given away— all they own, even their loved ones— When I give the signal against all who live in this country." God's Decree. Jeremiah 6:10-11 [MSG]
  • O: As God's wrath builds, the time of the end is drawing near. How we will spend eternity is up to us.
  • A: The Bible teaches us that we will all be judged in the end. God's people will be given the gift of eternity, then judged for their works and rewarded accordingly. Those who have rejected God and turned away from Him will be judged according to their works and then cast into the lake of fire for eternity. It sounds brutal and cruel. Many ask, "How can He be a God of love if He's going to send people to Hell?" Or, "Why would He send people to Hell if He's a God of love?" They justify their rejection of God by saying Hell can't be literal, because a God of love wouldn't send people to Hell. They're right. And wrong. A God of love He is, and He wants to reward everyone with eternal life with Him. We were created to worship and glorify God. And He's made it so easy for us to receive the gift of eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 [NIV] But there's more. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. John 3:18 [NIV] God has already given us the gift of eternal life. It is up to us to receive this gift by accepting His Son Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. By refusing to receive this awesome gift we are instead accepting the condemnation of eternal suffering in Hell. God doesn't send us to Hell so much as we choose to go there by failing to heed God's warning call. Eternal life to all who will accept it. For those too deaf and blind to heed the warnings: Hell. It's our choice to make.
  • P: Father, You made the choise so clear to me at an early age. In fact, there is no choice at all. The only choice to make is eternal life. Help me now to understand how some can fail to heed the warning and choose eternity in Hell over eternity with You. Use me, Lord, as a tool to show them the Light.
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