Turn to God and be saved

leopard-226136_640Isaiah 45:22: “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.

At the end of the age, some will go to eternal damnation while others will go to eternal life, some will be saved and others will not be saved. Once we cross over to eternity it is the choice we made while on earth, either to follow Jesus or not, that will determine things. The time to make the right choice is now, to turn to God and be saved.

If you do not make that decision now and your time on earth lapses, there is no option of fine (that some people call purgatory), there is no option for the case against you to be reviewed, the case of rejecting God’s grace. There will be no parole. It is either you embrace the reality of the blood of Jesus (Revelation 5:9) or you are lost forever.

The eternal love of God was revealed on the cross, the path to life was revealed there, but people still have the choice to make, God will not force you to accept him. But there will a time when such an opportunity will be lost and lost forever and it won’t be too long. People still die even with advances in science.

Because there will be no review of your case again once you die (once the die is cast, once you take your last breath) it is as you have laid your bed that you will sleep on it, then your decision for Jesus (or lack of it) by the Holy Spirit on the earth is all that matters.

And Jesus, through the ministry of the church to the unsaved, is calling all men to himself, calling us to repentance (Mark 16:15-18), to faith in Jesus, and a faith that will determine our fate for eternity. When we turn to him we are saved, when we turn away we turn to darkness. Paul wrote: whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:9-13).

The open cheque is available now, and the book of Hebrews says that today when we hear his voice do not harden your heart (Hebrews 3:15). That means you have a choice to make, you have a turning to do, you have need of repentance, you need only to respond to his call and leave the rest to God.

It is common foolishness for humans to say: “I need to clean up my acts before I can come to Jesus,” when it is the blood of Jesus applied to your heart that made the change. If you could do something about changing yourself, then there was no need for Jesus; that his death was not important. And to suggest such is blasphemous.

When we go to the cross we get to lay down our burden there, we get to become different, to be a new person, a person who is now a member of the body of Christ. There is no better guarantee of blissful eternity than that as we turn to God and are saved.

That is when we embrace light and reject darkness; we change from being in the kingdom of darkness to being in the kingdom of light, from being below to being above; from being weak to being empowered. We are changed to bring change. We are saved and we help others find the path of salvation.

Paul said that we have received the ministry of reconciliation, having been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ (2Corinthians 5:17-21).

To turn means to reject your own way, to abandon your own agenda, to recognise that you are blind and you need the light that Christ brings, that you are broken down and need to be repaired by the great carpenter (Matthew 13:55). It is coming to his workshop, recognizing that he has the blueprint to fix you correctly.

In the focus verse the Lord introduced himself as God, which means he can do anything; he can untwist you no matter how twisted you are. But the work of God in his restoration work does not only affect human beings but also other earthly things.

The bible says that the whole of creation will be delivered into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. But the manifestation of the sons of God comes first. Everything, the chain reaction starts when we turn (Romans 8:16-23).

But when we run to him, not coming with any promise for him, not with a to-do list, not a New Year resolution, not tears of regret, without any pretence, any ambition, then we are on the right track; but if we do not turn, then all is truly lost.

That was the error of Cain (Genesis 4:1-13). When he did not do the right thing by offering the right offering, he developed anger against his brother Abel whose offering was accepted by God. But God told him of the need to repent of his anger, or else it will lead him to something worse. When he did not repent, he allowed the root of bitterness in him to spring up and cause defilement (Hebrews 12:15).

By not returning, he walked away from God to his own damnation. And when the flood of God came to the earth, his offspring were swept off the face of the earth in it. There is no offspring of Cain on earth right now, but the principle which he stands for, the principle of arrogance, the principle of self protection and insolence is still on earth.

It is manifested in what the bible says is the spirit that is at work in the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2). It was Cain who presumed to do something God does not know. After he killed Abel and God asked him: where is your brother? He said am I my brother’s keeper. He sinned and did not own up to it. He presumed he could hide from God. He refused to take the path of change, not yielding to God’s caution.

He did not allow God to help him get over what he was hung up on, in his relationship with him and with his brother. Not willing to be mended, not turning to God to be mended he become irrevocably broken. That is what James meant when he said God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). It takes a dose of humility for you to realize that you are wrong or are on the wrong path to seek help from the divine presence.

 

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