6. The Choice you face

The Two Ways to Live

A) OUR WAY:

  • We reject the ruler God and try to run life our own way
  • The result is facing condemnation by God and facing judgement

B) GOD’S NEW WAY:

  • Submit to Jesus as our ruler and rely on his death and resurrection
  • The result is to be forgiven by God and have eternal life

We can continue in our rebellion against God, and try to run our lives our own way without him. Sadly, this is the option that many people persist in.

The end result is that God gives us what we ask for and deserve. He condemns us for our rejection of his rightful rule over our lives. We not only have to put up with the messy consequences of rejecting God here and now, but we face the dreadful prospect of an eternity of separation from him, without life or love or relationship.

For those of us who have realised that our situation is hopeless, there is a lifeline. If we turn back to God and appeal for mercy, trusting in Jesus’ death and resurrection, then everything changes.

For a start, God wipes our slate clean. He accepts Jesus’ death as payment for our sins, and freely and completely forgives us. He pours his own Spirit into our hearts and grants us a new life that stretches past death and into forever. We are no longer rebels, but part of God’s own family as his adopted sons and daughters. We now live with Jesus as our ruler.

The two ways to live could not be more different, and they present you, the reader, with some choices.

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”

(John 3:36)

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How do I become a Christian?

If you would like to become a follower of Jesus then please pray this prayer:

Dear Father,

I thank you so much for sending your Son Jesus to take my place on the Cross. Lord, I know that I am a sinner; that I have rebelled against you all my life and have lived my life my own way. I acknowledge that I deserve the punishment of death. Father, I pray that you will make me one of your children. I ask you to forgive me of my sin and pray that Jesus can now be Lord of my life. Help me to grow more in love with Jesus each day and to tell others about him too.

In Jesus name I pray,

AMEN.


What should I do now?

If you have just made a commitment to follow Jesus – or even have any further questions –  then that is awesome! That’s why St James is here! Please let someone at the church know so we can continue to help you and pray for you. You can either give the church a call on (02) 9603 4425 or email one of the following addresses:

chris.hanger@stjamesminto.com.au