John 3:16-17 For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
Recently, someone said, “You take this Jesus thing way to seriously. What if you spend your entire life worshipping Him only to find out in the end that you were wrong?” How can one respond to such a question? I have to answer that question with another question, “But what if I’m right?” Consider this for a moment. I have spent the majority of my life worshipping Jesus Christ. I’ve attended Sunday School and church services on a regular basis. I’ve even taught many Sunday School lessons. I’ve spent an awful lot of time getting to know this Jesus. He is not only my Savior. He is my friend. He has been an ear when I need someone to listen. He is my encourager when I am feeling defeated. He gives me continual joy even in the depths of despair. He is the light in the darkness. Above all, He is my salvation. He died a cruel death on the cross to take on my sins so that I could be forgiven and made right with the Father. He did this for you, and He did this for me. He arose again just as prophecy foretold. He is the Messiah.
What has this Jesus done for me to make me love Him so? Everything! He has done everything. That sounds kind of a like a sucker answer at first glance. It sounds like I didn’t put very much thought into it, but in fact, I have given it great thought and consideration. I have gradually realized that everything that I am and everything that I have accomplished in life is because of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Every battle that I have won, every crisis that I have overcome, every ounce of blessing that I have ever received is simply because of Jesus and who He is. So, yes, I guess the skeptics could say that this girl has “wasted” a whole lot of time worshipping Jesus.
Well, just for argument’s sake, what if I am wrong? (Let me interject right here that I know that I am right without a shadow of a doubt, but just for argument’s sake let us consider this for a moment.) If I am wrong, I’ve spent my life worshipping Christ and in doing so, I’ve walked through this crazy life filled with unexplainable joy, even during my darkest days. I’ve walked through life knowing that I was never alone. I have traveled through the storms feeling comfort and protection. I have enjoyed unexplainable peace regardless of the circumstances. I have felt loved, so very loved, with a kind of love that is unconditional. I have gained forgiveness when I felt like I couldn’t forgive myself. Oh the joy within my entire being! I can not find the words to describe the great joy I have known while I’ve been wasting my time all of these years worshipping this Jesus. So…if I’m wrong, one day I’ll die and according to some, that will be the end of it. I will be buried and my life will end. Was I crazy to have worshipped Jesus all of these years? I think that even if I’m wrong, my time hasn’t been wasted. I’ve enjoyed joy, friendship, comfort, protection, peace, love, and forgiveness over and over again through the years. If I’m wrong, I don’t regret that one bit!
But….what if I’m right? If I’m right, when I die, rather than it being the end, life has just begun! Yes, my family and friends will place me in a grave, and it will appear that my life is over, but I know within my heart of hearts that at that moment, my life will really begin. I will be spending eternity in heaven with my Savior and King. I will be singing praises to the One I’ve worshipped all of these years. (I sure hope that my heavenly body comes with a better singing voice because even though I love to make a happy racket, I’m not sure heaven is ready to hear that racket for all eternity.) Just imagine it though! I will be right up there in glory singing praises to the King of kings, serving the Father, and walking the streets of gold forevermore. I will be able to speak to those great prophets of the Bible. I can ask Adam and Eve about the fruit they ate that resulted in sin in this world but also a garden full of thorns and thistles that I have to deal with every spring. I will be able to have a deep discussion with Noah about that massive ark He built. I can talk to David about his battle with Goliath. I will be able to sit and enjoy a conversation with Ruth and Esther. And yes, I will be able to speak to my Savior and praise Him for all of eternity! Oh my, it is going to be so fantastic! I can hardly wait. And if I’m right, and you are wrong….eternity is going to look much different for the naysayer. Eternity in hell is somewhere that no one wants to even think about, but it is a reality that we can all avoid if we just believe in Christ!
So…what if I’m right? The one who fears the Lord, trust in Him, and believes in Him has so much to look forward to. Christ invites us to ask Him about the things to come. Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come. (Jeremiah 33:3) Isaiah shares the message of repentance and hope. Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously. (Isaiah 55:6-7) Paul reminds us that we can’t save ourselves. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. (Ephesians 2:8-9) But our God made a way for us through His grace and mercy. For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17)
If I’m wrong, I’ve lost nothing. But…if I’m right, I’ve gained everything!