Are you a true loser? According to Jesus, it’s only the losers who in the end will be the winners. The Son of God says: “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matt. 10:38-39) Jesus Christ is not a religion nor is He religious – He is the life. He is real. He loves you and gives you the choice to love Him or not to. According to His Holy Word, those who freely choose to love Him more than their own selves will be blessed with eternal life instead of eternal death. The big question is: Will you love Him more than yourself? Will you do things God’s way or your own way?
Since informed people can make more intelligent decisions, let’s consider this….
Heaven will be unending bliss with the LORD and His people (Jn. 14:1-6; Rev. 20-22)
Hell will be a one-way trip to conscious torment that will never end (Mk. 9:42-49)
But how can we go to Heaven and miss hell? Sin separates us from having a relationship with God who is “holy, holy, holy.” (Rev. 4:8) We are sinful and He is holy and this is the problem Jesus came to solve – and succeeded fully. Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified on a cross and buried. 3 days later He was raised to life and is coming back soon. Why did He come and die? “Christ Jesus came into the world to save (rescue) sinners.” (1 Tim. 1:15)
One might ask, “But how have I sinned against God?” Answer: By not putting God first in your life, by committing fornication – sexually immoral thoughts and actions, stealing, lying, not honoring your parents, having another god before the only true God, coveting what belongs to others, hating (un-forgiveness or hate is murder in the heart), etc.
Eternal losers: What will your sin cost you? Your very eternal soul – “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mk. 8:36) “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23) Are you willing to give up Christ and Heaven for temporary pleasure on this earth? Eternity is a long time. Those who lose their lives in this brief world will gain everlasting bliss in Heaven with Jesus. Those who pridefully gain their lives now by living this life on their own terms, will forfeit the blessings of eternal joy and be cast alive into the lake of fire to be forever consciously tormented (Rev. 20:11-15).
Believe it or not – Hell is a real place and millions of lost souls are already there being mercilessly tormented in it horrid flames. Denying that hell exists changes nothing. Eternal suffering awaits all who die without getting lost in Jesus and washed in His holy blood. Jesus is our only hope of salvation – there is no other way to God/Heaven. If you choose to lose your own life for His, you will gain eternal life in Heaven with Christ, the Good Shepherd. A disciple of Jesus is one who gives up his own life in this brief visit on earth to love Christ supremely (more than self). Jesus did His part fully by dying for all of your sins on the cross. Now it’s your turn: will you do your part?
It’s Time to Get Lost!
When we look around us today we see people are losing their lives for many senseless causes. They are willing to do nearly anything to fill the void only God can fill and to escape the miserable guilt sin has caused in their hearts. Jesus is calling you to a real relationship that is forever. He calls you to lose your whole life and identity in Him – the only cause worth losing your own life for. In losing your life, you will gain it eternally instead of being cast into eternal damnation as a rebel.
Getting lost in Jesus will cause your destructive sin nature to be swallowed up, engulfed, and eclipsed by His glorious life and presence. After He blesses you to be one of His very own and changes you from the inside out, you will never be the same (2 Cor. 5:17-18). Here’s how it all begins:
1. You must know that He is holy and admit to Him that you have sinned against Him.
2. You must repent – turn fully to Him and away from your sin and your own way.
3. Pray, asking Him to forgive you and turn your whole life over to Him – lay down your life, so His glorious life can take over.
Are you ready to get lost in Jesus? Are you now ready to lose your own life by turning your whole being over to God? Christ told us that it’s only the losers who will win in the end. Any good reason why you can’t repent and turn to God this very moment? If not, bow down and pray the following prayer aloud to the LORD Almighty with all that is within you. He’s listening. Give your whole being over to Him who is worthy. Pray this aloud to Him: Father in Heaven, You are holy, and I have sinned against You. At this moment, I repent for all my sins against You and for doing things my own way. Please forgive me through the blood of Jesus, my LORD and Savior! I now choose Jesus as my LORD. Grant me Your precious grace and save me. At this moment I submit my life to You completely. I choose to love and follow You from this moment forward. I now freely lose my own identity and life in You, Jesus. I love You LORD Jesus, and I freely trust You with my whole life on earth and eternity. Thank you for dying, rising, and saving me Jesus! Amen.