With both Grandparents in the nursing homes it is getting everyone prepared and talking about last wishes, burial arraignments, and who's in charge of making what decisions. Money always comes up. Who is going to get what...? I hate that part. People learn how to hate each other when the topic of money comes in. We'd all like to have a little more in our pockets, secure our futures, bless our kids...but we just don't all have money, and we all think we deserve the best and we don't want to share anything. Greed and Control runs the world. We tear our families apart by wanting the things our Grandparents worked to build, without money, in the Dirty 30s.
But last night, something jumped inside my spirit and it was one of the best moments I've ever had with a family member. As we were going through their final wishes in what they wanted done, I said, without even thinking "maybe you already have, maybe you haven't, but regardless, the only thing I care about is if you've given your life to Christ, everything else is just trivial."
The responses were almost a little comical - "If he wants me, he'll take me." "I'm not changing my ways." "I'm not going to start going to church now." "I know church people that go to church on Saturday night so they can turn around and go get drunk...what good is that?" "I don't want to be lonely in heaven; all my friends are in hell."
I didn't miss a beat...and I won't here either...absolutely none of those things have anything to do with asking Jesus into your life, nor are any of them truth.
When I gave my life to Christ, it's like it lit massive purpose in my life. Like I was actually worth something to someone. I wanted to do everything I could to learn, and be loved and worthy of love to someone. Giving your life to Christ...doesn't have to look like, for you, as it did for me. I have to admit, I even jumped in further than I thought possible. I was just looking to go to church on Sundays...
But what I want to make sure that you know is that all that man made stuff you've heard in the past or your tainted view of what it means to give your life to Christ, doesn't have to be weird, it certainly won't be an instant process, you won't just go from living in sin to being holier than thou, although most people do anticipate that and when you fail to achieve that process, you will see all sorts of memes on facebook about how you don't measure up, either to the Christians or the World....
All you have to do...is ask Christ to come into your heart, ask forgiveness of the things you've done and mean it. Ask God to help you live for him. Don't worry about when you fail to meet standards...just keep talking to Jesus.
He will listen, and He will answer. Make it your New Year’s Resolution. Do it today…don’t wait.