Sunday, June 30, 2024

Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location 
by David Brenneman 

If ever you have need of either a job or a place to live, that response of "location, location, location" might have been said. 

For businesses, that statement is all inclusive. You want traffic to pass your business. You want people interested enough to stop in. 

In all of this world's attempts to point people to retirement programs and planning...questions often arise of where are you planning to go to retire?

Location can determine a lot. Financial planning needs to know because retirement in Martha's Vineyard isn't retirement in Columbus, Ohio. Retirement in Tampa, Florida isn't retirement in Green Bay or Chicago. 

Location, location, location. 

Then there's what the Bible says is immeasurably more important than any of that. The question of where are you going to spend eternity?

Death is guaranteed to everyone. 
Death, regardless of what you choose to believe, came from God in the punishment of Adam and Eve's sin. Death is the penalty for sin. We all die physically because of sin. The path to death varies from simply falling asleep and not waking up to every single possibility method from accidents to intentionally taking of a life.

Even within that scope people want to argue various points of what constitutes a life so that they don't feel guilty for taking one.

My Dear have two guaranteed things in your future. 

These two guaranteed things aren't special to you so don't think that there's finger pointing going on or that you're different. 

We all face death.
We all face Jesus Christ some day to give an account of our lives. 

For Christians it's what we have done in our lives for Christ. Those things will be tried by fire and what remains becomes a crown of righteousness to give back to Jesus for all He's done for us.

For those who rejected Him, every single thing of their lives will be revealed. All that they thought, intended, believed, dismissed, did when they shouldn't have, didn't do when they should have, everything will be revealed before Jesus. 

Then they will be shown that no matter what, their efforts do not measure up to God's standard in Salvation in Christ Jesus.  

All who are Believer's have their names written in the Lamb's book of Life. After the revelations of the lives of people who rejected Him, they will be shown that their names were not written in the Lamb's book of Life and their judgment is to be eternity in the lake of fire. 

We choose in this here this now where the location of our eternity is going to be spent.

We decide. There's no strings attached. The salvation in Christ Jesus is free. The cross of Jesus Christ brought choice to the people. 

We will be afforded ample opportunity to receive it or to reject it.  

Once death arrives there's no recourse. Eternity is sealed. 

So, my Dear Reader, know right here right now where your future is going to be spent.  

Know. Because, quite frankly, you don't even have a promise of a next breath. I have said on other occasions of a former co-worker's husband that simply stood up to get coffee and fell over dead. No warning. Nothing at all to consider was amiss. You cannot risk it.

Forget what the world says you will miss out on or will have to give up.  

The world is perishing day by day. 

Both in the Bible and in world history the life and truth of Jesus Christ is confirmed. He is returning. 

No one knows the day nor the hour but the promise is still on the table. 

The choice is yours to make. 

The choice is so simple a child understands it. A child gets it.

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Romans 10
New American Standard Bible 1995
The Word of Faith Brings Salvation
10 Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. 2 For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3 For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the [a]end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

"For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness. But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down), or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:8-13.

Know your location of your eternity today. Settle that today. 

How to get salvation in Christ:

Recognize that you are indeed a sinner in need of a Savior. 

Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God".

Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord." 

Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates His own love towards us, that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Romans 10:9-10 "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation."

Romans 10:13 "For whoever calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved."

It's that simple my Dear Reader. 

Where will you spend your eternity? 

Don't look on your past. Jesus will clean you up. All charges dropped. 
His promise is to cast your sins as far as the east is from the west. Remembering them no more. 

When God the Father looks at a Believer, He sees the righteousness of His Son, Jesus Christ. 

You've read all this, do you really want to put it off any longer?

Jesus said to come to Him all who are weary and heavy laiden and He will give you rest.  

Let today be your new birthday in Christ. 

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.  

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